Director's Statement - A LIFE OF ITS OWN
This documentary was conceptualised following a series of stories I worked on during my time as an investigative reporter on a major Australian network, stories which affected me profoundly. At the centre of those stories was 24-year-old Dan Haslam, struggling with the final stages of bowel cancer. A reluctant user, medicinal cannabis gave him instant relief during chemotherapy. This is the story of how Australia took up the debate with fervour.
As a journalist, it was a story that I felt I had to tell in a more fulsome way than I had been allowed to within the parameters of a commercial TV network. It was an incredibly rewarding story to explore which will stay with me for many years to come as this plays out in a global setting. There's much that needs to shift, including attitudes in some sections of the community and medical profession. We all deserve the best options in healthcare. Furthermore, we have the right to know what those options are. The title reflects the life-enhancing properties of this ancient plant, and a story which indeed took on a life of its own.
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