Short Film: DYING FOR A LIVING, 13min., UK, Documentary


Dying for living film poster with laurels flatten 150A sensitive, contrasting portrait of Shaun Morris, a 57 year old extroverted undertaker living hand-to-mouth in Southampton. Surviving on a zero hours contract, the opportunity of a permanent job appears which could change his life dramatically.

This story is a sensitive, touching portrait about Shaun, a self-deprecating, witty undertaker who is struggling to earn enough money for basic human needs, rent, food and clothes, but who attains self-fulfillment via his noble profession of undertaking. As we follow him on his pursuit of a full-time contract with his firm, we listen to Shaun’s reflections on his life and the choices he has made. The two accomplishments he is most proud of is doing his job well and producing a well rounded 21 year old daughter. Through his story we understand our innate survival methods, our need for acceptance and validation from others and that maybe talking about our own death isn’t so bad after all.

  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 4, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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