How an Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Is Reframing Death to Vividly See The Beauty of Life

David Seidler & Clara Hendon

Screenwriter David Seidler is best known for his Oscar-winning script, The King’s Speech, but what he yearns to be remembered for is helping reframe the conversation about death and dying. To do so, he and his producing partner and series co-creator, Clara Hendon, have embarked on a journey to film cultural pioneers from all walks of life as they share their experience, learning and personal thoughts on mortality – discovering through the process how the shadow of death can enable us to more vividly see the beauty of life.

About the Speakers

As a writer, David Seidler knows the effects of disruption. Sent to the US from his native London during WWII, he developed a stammer but found a role model in George VI. Many years later, he chose the speech-challenged monarch as the inspiration for his film, The King’s Speech, which garnered Best Picture and Best Screenplay Academy Awards in 2010. His current exploration of compassion is The Death Project, a documentary series he hopes will help demystify the end of life in a death phobic society.

Clara Hendon is a Los Angeles-based film producer, trained death midwife, and end of life care activist, dedicated to helping transform our culture around death and dying. In  collaboration with David Seidler, her current venture is The Death Project, a documentary series exploring the topic of death through the perspectives of spiritual, religious and cultural leaders and icons and integrating music, art, popular culture and conversation.