Australian airdate confirmed for thought-provoking documentary LAURA’S CHOICE


The ABC has confirmed an Australian airdate for the moving and thought-provoking two-part documentary, looking at the life and death of Laura Henkel, an eccentric, outspoken, feisty 90-year-old.

Laura has decided she wants to end her life on her own terms, and she asks her daughter Cathy and granddaughter Sam, both filmmakers, to make a film about it.

Laura’s Choice explores complex questions as three generations of women navigate a radical and controversial approach to dying.

Laura does not have a terminal illness; she just wants to be in control of the process and be allowed to go with dignity at a time of her choosing.

When she asks Cathy and Sam to make a film about it, they struggle to come to terms with her choice, and discover conflicting views in the wider community.

Laura applies to a clinic in Switzerland where her right to end her own life, with her family by her side, is legal.  She also questions why this major event in life needs to be somber and sad and plans a joyous farewell party.

Laura’s Choice will expose and explore complex and often taboo questions as these three women travel into uncharted territory and navigate the legal, moral, ethical, and emotional issues that arise from Laura’s wish to end her life, on her own terms.

“I feel I have had enough and am quite ready to go. I do not want to wait for some debilitating disease to carry me away – and going into an aged care facility to endure pain and suffering to the bitter end is not a future I choose for myself. My choice allows me to say farewell joyfully and then go to sleep in peaceful surroundings, with my family beside me at the end, while I am still able to say thank you for all they have done for me.”  Laura Henkel

Directed by Sam Lara and Cathy Henkel, Produced by Cathy Henkel, Sam Lara, Melissa Kelly, and Ryan Hodgson. Laura’s Choice is a Virgo Productions Pty Limited film in collaboration with Factor 30 Films. ABC Commissioning Editor: Stephen Oliver.

Laura’s Choice premieres on ABC TV Plus, Wednesday 17 March at 8.45pm, with both episodes available to stream on ABC iview following the premiere, and episode two airing on Wednesday 24 March at 9pm.




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