A still from Laura's Choice - holding flowers
A still from Laura's Choice - holding flowers
Laura's Choice (2020)

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Laura's Choice

Cathy Henkel, Sam Lara | Australia | 2020 | Unclassified (15+)

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Sun 28 Feb 2021


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The personal, ethical, and emotional all intertwine as three generations of women plan for assisted voluntary death.

When fiercely independent nonagenarian Laura Henkel decides she would like to choose when and how she dies, she invites along her daughter Cathy Henkel and granddaughter Sam Lara (both filmmakers and co-directors) to lend their support and capture the experience on video. As Australia is only beginning to legalise euthanasia for the terminally ill — and Laura is relatively healthy — their journey leads them to Switzerland where assisted dying has been legalised.

Laura's Choice offers so much more than just insight into the process of assisted voluntary death. Henkel and Lara's film is an invitation to join a family on a respectful and incredibly personal journey. The level of access granted feels unprecedented; figuratively, there's a seat waiting for viewers at the foot of the bed.

A lasting memorial to a much-loved matriarch and a call-to-arms for sweeping changes to euthanasia legislation in Australia, Laura's Choice fulfils its promise as the winner of the Hot Docs prize at AIDC in 2020.

This screening will be followed by a special pre-recorded conversation with the team behind Laura's Choice.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: ABC
Courtesy: ABC
Runtime: 102 min

Event duration

102 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Adult themes, drug use. Contains scenes of assisted voluntary death that viewers might find confronting.

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