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The Exit Internationalist

February 1, 2021

Laura’s Choice

Laura’s Choice is the award-winning feature documentary from mother-daughter team Cathy Henkel & Sam Lara will have its Melbourne premiere at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) as part of the 2021 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) at 4.30pm on Sunday 28 February.

The feature documentary will screen in 2 x 1 hour episodes over March/April on ABC TV.

Screening Dates & Times

Episode 1: ABC TV Plus, Wednesday 17 March at 8.45pm AEST
Episode 2: ABCTV Plus, Wednesday 24 March at 9pm AEST

ABC 1 on 14 & 21 April

Series of 7 mini docs will be available on iView from 17 March

Laura’s Choice is also on Facebook

Laura’s Choice Synopsis

When fiercely independent nonagenarian Laura Henkel decides she would like to choose when and how she dies. Most importantly, 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.

Above all, 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.

Similarly, by working closely with Exit International, the level of access to the intimacy of Laura’s final days is unprecedented; figuratively speaking, there’s a seat waiting for viewers at the foot of the bed.

In conclusion, Laura’s Choice is a lasting memorial to a much-loved matriarch and a call-to-arms for sweeping changes to euthanasia legislation in Australia, Laura’s Choice fulfills its promise as the winner of the Hot Docs prize at AIDC in 2020

Tickets are on sale now via the ACMI Website


Laura completes her final paperwork at Pegasos Swiss Association, December 2019