Thursday 19 July 2018

It's Not Yet Dark documentary film review: 'A powerful and deeply personal portrait of a remarkable man - umissable'

5 stars

Remarkable story: It’s Not Yet Dark tells the story of film-maker Simon Fitzmaurice who developed Motor Neuron Disease
Remarkable story: It’s Not Yet Dark tells the story of film-maker Simon Fitzmaurice who developed Motor Neuron Disease

Chris Wasser

In 2008, promising Irish filmmaker, Simon Fitzmaurice, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Simon’s star had been on the rise. He and his loving wife, Ruth, were about to welcome their third child into the world. And now, doctors were telling him he had three, maybe four years to live. In 2016, Simon’s feature-film debut, My Name is Emily, was released in cinemas — a film he had written and directed using just his eyes and eye-gaze technology. Simon is still alive. Simon is still making films. This is his story.

Borrowing its title from Simon’s autobiography, It’s Not Yet Dark is an extraordinary account of an extraordinary life. Director Frankie Fenton utilises home footage, in-depth testimonials and stark narration (an on-form Colin Farrell, reading Simon’s words) to create a powerful and deeply personal portrait of a remarkable man.

Ruth Fitzmaurice’s intimate account of a life devoted to her husband will move you to tears. This is a film about a filmmaker; a film about a man who continues to defy the odds — a film about living. Unmissable.

'Simon made his legacy - I just got to colour it up a little' - director of It's Not Yet Dark documentary about Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice who has MND 

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