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How to Die: Simon’s Choice 2016

Minnow Films for BBC Two  

1 x 90 minutes
Minnow Films for BBC Two

Simon is a successful businessman with a loving family and large circle of friends whose world falls apart when he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of motor neurone disease and given two years to live. Within weeks of the diagnosis the disease causes Simon to lose the use of his voice. Faced with the prospect of a rapid physical decline, Simon tells his family that he is considering ending his life at a Swiss suicide clinic.

Filmed and directed by award-winning filmmaker Rowan Deacon, and made in partnership with The Open University, this intimate and deeply moving film follows Simon and his family and friends as they grapple with the huge moral, emotional and legal dilemmas around Simon's choice. Their conflicting perspectives unearth difficult questions for Simon which means that his heart-wrenching decision is hanging in the balance until the very end.

Shot against the backdrop of the 2015 parliamentary debate on the Assisted Dying Bill, Simon’s remarkable story explores the complex human questions at the heart of this deeply divisive issue.    

An intimate and deeply affecting film, a landmark documentary
The Telegraph

As an intelligent, passionate debate, the film was first class
The Times

This film should be compulsory viewing
The Independent

How to Die: Simon’s Choice


Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic   Grierson
Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme - Domestic
British Health Journalism Awards   British Health Journalism Awards
Broadcast Journalist
of The Year
Medical Journalists Association Awards   Medical Journalists Association Awards
Broadcast Journalist
of The Year

Nominated for

Broadcast Awards - Best Documentary Program   Broadcast Awards
Best Documentary Programme

Filmed, Produced & Directed by
Rowan Deacon
Associate Producer
Lizzie Kempton
Film Editor
Ben Brown
Executive Producer
Colin Barr
Production Manager
Robert Ford
Richard Spiller