There’s really never a good time to talk about organ donation.
That’s the insight that inspired writer/director Richard Bullock to go all in and cast Jesus Christ as the lead for his latest short film.
No doubt this will create some heated discussion. And that’s exactly the point of it all. To get people to talk about organ donation. Despite having very successful outcomes for Organ transplants, Australia has relatively low levels of donor registration compared to other countries.
This phenomenon has nothing to do with a willingness to donate and more to do with a unique set of issues found in Australia. In fact 80% of Australians say they will donate but only 34% are on the registry. The complexity of this needed to be explained as well as a need for people to talk about the issue with their loved ones.
One of the key requirements for becoming a donor is in fact talking to your family about becoming a donor. If people do not know the wishes of their loved ones 50% of families will say no.
The short film is also strategically designed to promote a feature length documentary about organ donation called ‘Dying to Live’. It’s an innovative way to both advertise the film and push the cause simultaneously. Directed by Richard Todd (the filmmaker behind the award winning Frackman) the feature documentary and the trailer are supported by Goodpitch. Goodpitch brings together filmmakers with philanthropists to tackle important social issues. If you want to watch the documentary https://au.demand.film/dying-to-live/