Previously at the ICA - Films
20 Mar 2008
When brain surgeon Henry Marsh first visited a Ukraine hospital in 1992, he found the medical conditions absolutely appalling. Since then he has worked with his Ukrainian protege Igor Petrovich to help create a viable clinic using discarded NHS equipment, and to bring hope to people where there was none. In Geoffrey Smith's moving and beautifully shot documentary, we follow Henry on his latest trip to yet another corridor filled with patients for whom he is their last chance. Marion is among them, determined to do something about the enormous brain tumour threatening his life, even if it means undergoing an operation he must stay awake throughout. As Henry tackles increasingly risky procedures, he is haunted by the memory of an operation which went catastrophically wrong.
Featuring exclusive access to the KGB hospital in Kiev and original music composed and performed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
Surgeon Henry Marsh will join the director Geoffrey Smith for a very special Q&A after the screening.
Presented in association with The Documentary Filmmakers Group.
The English Surgeon, Dir Geoffrey Smith, UK 2007, 94 minutes, Digital betacam pal