Among the docs enjoying North American premieres at SXSW in Austin, Texas, this week and next is the latest entry from The Edge of Dreaming director Amy Hardie, Seven Songs for a Long Life. Co-produced by the Scottish Documentary Institute and the New York-based Hard Working Movies, Seven Songs follows six terminally ill patients at the Strathcarron hospice in Denny, UK, who use music and song to brave their illnesses.
“Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to help face your own mortality, making the process of dying itself safe, individual, and as gentle as possible,” said director Hardie in a statement.
Filmed over three years, the doc finds the patients encouraged by a talented nurse who loves to sing – a skill that empowers the group to face such challenges as drawing up their wills, finding guardians for their children and moving homes.
Seven Songs is set to a score from acclaimed composer Mark Orton, best known for his work on the Oscar-nominated drama Nebraska and the documentary Poached, which bowed at SXSW last year. The doc was commissioned by BBC Scotland, and partly funded by Creative Scotland, the Bertha Foundation and YLE Finland. The doc is being represented worldwide by Cargo Film & Releasing.
- Seven Songs screens in Austin on March 12, 15 and 17. Visit the SXSW website for more information on screenings.