THE ENGLISH SURGEON
Produced and directed by Geoffrey Smith.
Eyeline Films / Bungalow Town / BBC Storyville.
EMMY AWARD 2010:
Outstanding Science and Technology Programming
SILVERDOCS. Best International Feature 2008.
HOTDOCS. Best International Feature 2008.
ZAGREB. Audience Award 2008.
Graham Day is a United Kingdom, London based Director of photography and Lighting Cameraman working on all formats including: 35mm and 16mm Film, Digi-beta, HD, DVCam and Solid State. Graham Day has photographed Drama, Documentary, Commercials and Corporate productions. His company is called Gfilm Limited which provides Crew and equipment including Sony, Panasonic, HD & Solid State shooting packages, and Arriflex film shooting packages for United Kingdom and International Television & Film Production.
THE ENGLISH SURGEON
What is it like to have God like surgical powers, yet to struggle against your own humanity? What is it like to try and save a life, and yet to fail? This film follows brain surgeon Henry Marsh as he openly confronts the dilemmas of the doctor patient relationship on his latest mission to Ukraine.
Henry is one of London's foremost brain surgeons, but despite being a pioneer in his field he stills rides an old pushbike to work and worries himself sick about the damage he can inflict on his patients. "When push comes to shove we can afford to lose an arm or a leg, but I am operating on people's thoughts and feelings...and if something goes wrong I can destroy that person's character ……forever".
Directed and Produced by Geoffrey Smith
Director of Photography Graham Day
Editor Kathy O’Shea
Co-producer Rachel Wexler
Soundtrack Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Sound recordist Darrell Briggs
Online Editor and Colourist Tony Wilson
For much of the 90 minutes there's a lump in my throat. But this film isn't just about misery. It's simply extraordinarily human. Henry may be a lugubrious old bugger, but he's an amazing person, who genuinely cares and wants to help. It's all simply and beautifully shot, stitched together with understatement and class (nothing tacky like narration), and there's a haunting score by Nick Cave
Made for the BBC’s ‘Storyville’ strand, this is one extraordinary documentary, approaching hugely emotive subject matter with nimble delicacy and, it has to be said, steely reserve when it comes to filming a brain operation performed under only local anaesthetic. A life-affirming, unforgettable portrait of a true humanitarian, it’s crying out for a proper cinema release.