A Time To Live

Ep 1/1

Wednesday 17 May



A Time To Live, from award winning film-maker Sue Bourne, is a film about living, not dying. We hear from a variety of people who have managed to find positives in their terminal prognosis and have made the most of the time they have left.

What would you do if you were told you had a terminal illness and might only have months to live?

The 12 people in this thought-provoking and uplifting film range from their 20s to their late 60s. They speak eloquently and inspiringly about what they’ve discovered really matters in life. They smile and laugh, making the most of the precious time they have left.

Thirty year-old Fi says she would rather have a good life than a long one. Sixty-nine year-old Kevin says he and his wife have had some of the best times of their life since his diagnosis. Lisa, who is 49, says she intends to spend her remaining time laughing and having fun. She feels like she’s been given a ‘heads up’ so that she can actually do things rather than just talk about them.

Cindy says she is possibly happier now than she has ever been. And when Annabel discovered she may only have a couple of years to live, she left her husband and family. She says that cancer and a terminal diagnosis gave her the confidence to finally grasp the life she wanted.

Everyone in the film describes the intensity that comes with knowing your time is limited - and how, as a result, they all appreciate and celebrate their remaining life.

These remarkable testimonies challenge how we live our own lives and ask how we would face death when that time comes.

Produced in partnership with The Open University with support from Wellcome.