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Deep beneath the complex world of organ and tissue transplantation are the heart-wrenching stories of real people awaiting life-saving organs in Australia. Why must they wait so long? Are changes in policy required – or shifts in perception? What does it take to support a family member running out of time as they await the generosity of strangers? How difficult is it to offer the death of a family member as a chance at life for others? And how much love and understanding does it take to make the compassionate decision to become a physical philanthropist?

Photo credit Giving Life Pty Ltd

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Production Information


Richard Todd


Sarah Rossetti


Richard Todd

Ben McNeill

Executive Producers

Janine Hosking


Richard Todd

Richard Kickbush


Umbrella Entertainment (ANZ)


Arclight Films International (ROW)

Key Locations

Margaret River

Halls Creek



Lawrie Silvestrin


Ash Gibson Greig

Dami Summers

Sound Design

Ric Curtin

Lead Animator

Mike Dunn

Post-Production Facility

Cutting Edge

Filming in Western Australia

Western Australia provided a key source of crew, cast and locations during production

‘Dying to Live’. A number of our film’s characters, including Peter Wood and Holly Ralph from Perth, and Henry Archoo from Halls Creek, featured in the film. Western Australia also served as a picturesque backdrop for their stories, including Peter’s motorcycle riding and a sequence of Henry’s life and country – the scenery here was beautiful!

– Ben McNeill, Producer

Photo credit Ben McNeill
Producer Ben McNeill
Photo credit Giving Life Pty Ltd
Alice Woods-Barnard, Levi and Reece Walters

Kidney Donation

Levi Woods-Barnard needs a kidney

His parents would both like to be a living donor for him, and we see them go through the process of determining who it will be – before learning that mother Alice is the better match. She lovingly gives life to Levi… a second time.

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