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FILM: Love in Our Own Time

Tom Murray

This special screening of the film 'Love in Our Own Time' aims to give conference participants a different space for reflection on their work and ideas for teaching, training and community awareness raising.

The film, a documentary about birth, love, and death is set in Sydney and follows palliative care doctor Frank Brennan, and a number of palliative care nurses and midwives. The film is currently being used by professional organisations and educational institutions in areas such as medicine, palliative care, bereavement services, nursing, sociology, anthropology, psychotherapy, and psychology, and has also been embraced by community organizations who aim to raise discussion about issues relating to death and dying. Further information about the film is available on the website loveinourowntime.com.

Following the film screening, Dr Frank Brennan and Dr Tom Murray would be available for post-screening conversations and/or a panel discussion, with an openness to other formats suggested by the conference committee.

Originality: This project employs a creative-arts practice (long-term, trust-based, observational documentary) to gain access to, and capture, moments of experience unavailable through other means. Through this innovative practice-based creative methodology audiences are invited to bear witness to intimacies of personal, inter-personal, and clinical significance.

The film offers a very different learning modality for practitioners to reflect on their work and their own attitudes to death and dying.

Contextualised: Feedback concerning the educational value of the film indicates that through its audio-visual depictions of events, its contextualises death and dying within a frame of love and life more generally, and through its pacing, it creates a reflective and discursive space that works well alongside more traditional forms of professional development.

Artistic Value: This work, produced by multi-award winning filmmakers, demonstrates the capacity of the cinematic arts to make critical discursive interventions into medical practice.