‘Tender’ is a film I really want to see!
Death is the last taboo: a subject we avoid and a process we leave to the tender mercies of the professionals. Not in the seaside town of Port Kembla where a community group have decided to establish a charity funeral service for the town’s hard-up residents. They tackle the endeavour with good cheer and boundless compassion until one of their own is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and everything assumes a much more personal significance. Lynette Wallworth’s beautifully observed, uplifting documentary salutes a vibrant community and provides a life-affirming view of coming to terms with death, with a score by Nick Cave.