Extras vamp it up for funeral film
A host of flamboyantly attired extras joined Dying Matters at St Barnabas Church in East London on Saturday 28 April to appear in our latest film, 'I didn't want that'.
The scenes being filmed are aimed at challenging the stereotype of a gay funeral. While the deceased gay man did not want an over the top funeral, his failure to communicate his wishes meant that is what he ended up with.
'I didn't want that' aims to encourage people to discuss what they want at the end of their lives: for example, where they would like to die and how they want their funeral to be.
The idea for the gay funeral scenes came about during a focus group Dying Matters' lead charity the National Council of Palliative Care ran with members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The film is being made by pFilx Films, who have previously worked with Dying Matters on several projects. Director Leon Ancliffe was delighted with the day's filming.
"The atmosphere at the church was electric: from sing-songs around the piano to penguins and drag queens from Priscilla," he said.
"Everyone who came not only had a really good time but made an enormous contribution to a very important film. pFlix Films were delighted with the turn-out and would like to say a massive 'thank you' to everyone who put their glad rags on and supported us on a rainy Saturday afternoon."
'I didn’t want that' will be launched during Dying Matters Awareness Week 14-20 May. It will be distributed through social media platforms and will form the pilot for a TV advertisement campaign.
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