This year #107days ended with the launch of The Tale of Laughing Boy produced by My Life My Choice and Oxford Digital Media with funding from Oxford City Council. Tommy, Tyrone and Shane from MLMC worked with Oxford Digital Media (who gave their time – blooming shedloads of it – for free). Saba Salman has written a review of the film here. Since the online launch there has been a remarkable response to the film.
It’s being shared widely as it should be by a range of people and organisations; CQC, providers, commissioners, charities and other third sector organisations and people. Even Mencap.
A screening was held last Thursday evening at the Old Fire Station in Oxford to a full house. Including our MP, Andrew Smith, BBC Oxford news (tv and radio) and the Oxford Mail. Andrew Smith, love him, was all over Sloven’s potential ‘land grab‘. Absent were representatives from Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford Healthwatch and the Oxford Clinical Commissioning Group. Typically staunch supporters of the work of My Life My Choice.
I was chatting on Skype with a colleague yesterday. He’s arranging a screening of the film at his university over a lunchtime. He was shocked when I mentioned the Oxon screening boycott. He couldn’t understand how people (ordinary, decent people) can seemingly so easily ditch their humanity and act as state agents.
I gave him the briefest outline of the early, and as yet unpublished, findings from the Mazars death review.
He visibly froze.