National release for film ISLAND

Hakawati is thrilled to announce the UK release of ISLAND, Directed by artist-filmmaker Steven Eastwood (Buried Land) and produced by BAFTA nominated Elhum Shakerifar (A Syrian Love Story, Even When I Fall) launching 14 September 2018 in UK cinemas nationwide, following a successful World Premiere at the 61st BFI London Film Festival and an international premiere at Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Filmed over 12 months at the Mountbatten hospice on the Isle of Wight, ISLAND is a life-affirming reflection on the phenomena of dying, portraying the transition away from personhood and observing the last days and hours of life and the moment of death.
Special preview screenings with Director and CEO Nigel Hartley Q&As ahead of the UK release on the Isle of Wight include:
Saturday 8 September - Ventnor Arts Club at 5pm & 8pm + Q&A
Sunday 9 September - Quay Arts at 6.30pm + Q&A
Across the water on the island, four individuals experience the year in which their lives will end. Illness progresses, relationships gently shift, and we are witness to rarely seen and intensely private moments. One person shares their acceptance of death, whilst another is surrounded by a community in shock. We observe bedside care and the rhythm of breathing. In a pathology lab, microscopic biopsies in close-up show the interior of bodies, our biology. Like the ferries cyclically arriving and departing in this an enigmatic landscape, the film appears buoyant, afloat. Death is shown to be natural and everyday but also unspeakable and strange.
Portrayals of death in art and film are generally oblique affairs, using metaphor or fiction to avoid presenting a dying person too directly. ISLAND eloquently asks us to consider  consider the process of dying in a new light.
Steven Eastwood, Director says:"I wanted to be witness to the moment of death, because I felt that this was taboo in our society. I wanted to ask, why is that taboo, given that death happens every day and is as natural an event as birth?"
The sister artwork, The Interval and the Instant (2017) is a multiscreen video installation commissioned by Fabrica Gallery.
Funded by Arts Council England and Big Lottery with the support of FreeFolk Post Production, CODA Post Production, Queen Mary University and Fabrica. A Paradogs Production in association with Hakawati Films.
Facebook: @IslandDocumentary
Twitter: @IslandFilmUK
Instagram: @IslandFilmUK
90 mins / English
For further information, screeners, images or interview opportunities, contact Elizabeth Benjamin, / 07779 081 885
Notes to editors
About Hakawati
Hakawati was founded in 2017 to produce, distribute and curate films that hold the art of storytelling at their core. Hakawati supports storytellers with distinctive vision and enables new talent to take creative risks. Hakawati is committed to the broader visibility of independent film, giving platforms to quieter voices and unique individual – often minority – perspectives in relation to a dominant whole. In making creatively bold films with integrity, representation and reframing narratives are at the heart of what we do. Hakawati’s projects all derive from the central tenet that a good story is in the telling, and that after all, we are the stories we tell.
Hakawati is supported by the BFI Vision Award and has a dynamic slate of documentary films at various stages of production supported by funders including Arts Council England, Women Make Movies, Doha Film Institute and British Film Institute amongst others.
About the Artist Filmmaker
Steven Eastwood is a filmmaker and artist working in both the cinema and the gallery.
His first feature film Buried Land was officially selected for Tribeca, Moscow, Sarajevo, Mumbai film festivals in 2010. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions and screenings include London Film Festival; Jerwood Space; QUT Gallery Brisbane; Globe Gallery Newcastle; KK Projects New Orleans; ICA. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Film London, National Lottery, Leverhulme and Princess Grace Foundation. His documentary Those Who Are Jesus was nominated for a Grierson Award at BAFTA.
About Mountbatten
Mountbatten provides expert medical, nursing and domiciliary end of life care across the Isle of Wight community, including spiritual care, expert psychological and Islandwide bereavement support to anyone who has experienced a death – whatever their age and however they have been bereaved. Art, music and complementary therapies are also provided as part of our wider programme which encourages people to live well until they die.
On any one day, Mountbatten supports nearly 1,000 Islanders who are facing death, dying and bereavement, with the largest part of our work taking place in people’s homes. Our Mountbatten at Home service is backed up by a 16-bed InPatient Unit at Mountbatten Hospice, a self-help day and rehabilitation service (including a gym) based in the John Cheverton Centre, and an expert team based at St Mary’s Hospital. Our Education and Training programme aims to improve standards of end of life care in health and social care organisations across the Island and beyond.
As an independent charity, we must find around £7.5m which it costs to run our services every year. We are indebted to our Island community for continuing to support, both with fundraising and through volunteering.

"It's another's kept me in this world!"


Maureen, Patient