Global health film initiative- I Am Breathing


Wednesday 19 November 2014


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Global Health



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about this event

Within a year, Neil Platt goes from being a healthy 30-something British bloke with a great sense of humour to becoming completely paralysed from the neck down, thanks to the devastating illness he has inherited – known as ALS, MND, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. As his body gets weaker, his perspective on life changes. His humour remains, but new wisdom emerges:

"It's amazing how adaptable we are when we have to be.
It's what separates us and defines us as human beings."

Knowing he only has a few months left to live, and while he still has the ability to speak, Neil puts together a letter and memory box for his baby son Oscar and communicates his experience and thoughts about life in a blog – and in this film which he was determined to make. The directness of his communication mingles with images of the sensory details of a life well lived, and makes us revalue the ordinary.    

His blog posts form the film’s narration as he tells his own story through memories and impressions of his life – the sheer joy of falling in love, of partying with his mates, of fast motorbike rides. Through his determination to share his final journey, he makes us ask questions about our own lives. 

Watch the trailer here:

Following the film screening, there will be a panel discussion about the illness, social media, fundraising and global health advocacy.

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6.00 pm


6.30 pm

Welcome and introductions

Dr Joseph Fitchett, Director of the Global Health Film initiative

6.35 pm

Film screening- I Am Breathing

8.00 pm

Panel discussion

Louise Oswald, wife of Neil Platt, Emma Davie, Director of the film and Dr Martin R. Turner from Oxford University, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

8.20 pm

Questions and answers

8.30 pm

Close of meeting

Completion of evaluation forms

8.35 pm

Drinks reception

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For information on this event, contact Lalitha BhagavatheeswaranTel: 02072903904 Email: arrow