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It's Not Yet Dark (2016)

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It's Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with ALS (MND), as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

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Frankie Fenton
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Simon Fitzmaurice ... Self
Ruth Fitzmaurice ... Self (as Ruth O'Neill Fitzmaurice)
Damien Fitzmaurice Damien Fitzmaurice ... Self - Simon Fitzmaurice's father
Florence Fitzmaurice Florence Fitzmaurice ... Self - Simon Fitzmaurice's mother
Kate Fitzmaurice Kate Fitzmaurice ... Self - Simon Fitzmaurice's sister
Phil McDarby Phil McDarby ... Self - Simon Fitzmaurice's schoolmate
Hector Minto Hector Minto ... Self
Kathryn Kennedy Kathryn Kennedy ... Self
Lesley McKimm Lesley McKimm ... Self
Liz Gill Liz Gill ... Self
Paula Cousins Paula Cousins ... Self - nurse
Colin Farrell ... Simon Fitzmaurice (voice)
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It's Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with ALS (MND), as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

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Simon Fitzmaurice died in October 2017, only two weeks after the film's release in his home country Ireland on 13 October 2017. See more »

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back to work
3 August 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. We all have two kinds of friends: those who sulk for days when the candy machine eats their quarter, and those with such zest for life that no personal or professional tragedy dampens their "can do" spirit. Director Frankie Fenton presents the remarkable story of Simon Fitzmaurice, an Irish writer and filmmaker who is robbed of his body by MND (Motor Neuron Disease).

Fellow Irishman Colin Farrell narrates the film, giving poignancy to Simon's own words … words he can no longer speak himself. As a writer and filmmaker, Simon's "before" life is documented through pictures, videos and many of his thoughts on the page. He was a youngster full of ideas and energy. We learn this from his father Damien, his mother Florence, his younger sister Kate and childhood friend Phil. More than any other, we learn it from his wife Ruth. In fact, this is as much Ruth's story as it is Simon's. She is a special lady in love with a special man. Their story will likely resonate with you.

In 2008, Simon's short film THE SOUND OF PEOPLE was selected to screen at Sundance. Not long after, he was diagnosed and given 3-4 years to live. Less than 10 years later, he became the subject of this documentary which was also a Sundance selection. It's not the path he envisioned, but as he says, "For me it's not about how long you live, it's how you live."

This cruel disease allows him to feel everything, yet he can't walk, speak, breathe or eat without artificial help. The film shows us how Simon documented the many phases of the disease, right down to his last dance. One form of "artificial help" allowed him to return to filmmaking. He utilized eye gaze technology to finish writing and then direct his first feature film, MY NAME IS EMILY. With all of his physical challenges and the support of his wife and kids, it's wrapping the movie that proved to him that he "made it back to work". It provides the answer to his earlier question, "What is a man?"

It's touching to hear Ruth describe how the hiring of a nurse allowed her to go back to being a wife and mother, rather than a care-giver. She and Simon even later had twins (kids #4 and 5), and he wrote a best-selling book/memoir on which this film is based. Last year the documentary GLEASON provided a similarly inspirational story about Steve Gleason, an NFL player stricken with ALS. These two films and these two men (and their wives) provide a sentimental, sincere and life-affirming message that life is worth fighting for and living to the fullest.


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4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$811, 6 August 2017

Gross USA:

$1,227

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,269
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