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Set against the stunning backdrop of the industrial seaside town of Port Kembla, a feisty and resilient community group are determined to take back the responsibility that most of us leave to someone else – to care for their own dead.
Death was once a personal, intimate process, but now it is dominated by institutions: hospitals, nursing homes and, finally, funerals – a for-profit industry that makes the end of life a huge financial burden on family. In “Tender”, the citizens of the town of Port Kembla want to take back death.
Concerned with the high cost and impersonal nature of funerals for the members of their community, the Port Kembla council forms the Community Funerals Steering Committee. Director Lynette Wallworth follows the Committee as they investigate the way their community feels about end-of-life issues, and what changes can be made. This quest is made even more poignant when they realise one of their own members is terminally ill.
This heartfelt, poignant and occasionally amusing film won the AACTA Award for Best Documentary Television Program in 2015.