Private Project

Living in the Time of Dying

Living in The Time of Dying is an unflinching look at what it means to be living in the midst of climate catastrophe and finding purpose and meaning within it. Recognising the magnitude of the climate crisis we are facing, independent filmmaker Michael Shaw, sells his house to travel around the world looking for answers. Pretty soon we begin to see how deep the predicament goes along with the systems and ways of thinking that brought us here. Stan Rushworth, a Native American Elder, brings an especially enlightening viewpoint to these questions. It becomes clear that climate change is going to ruin our way of life but this then opens up a whole new set of questions: How did we get here? How do we choose to live and what actions make sense at this time? The people interviewed in the documentary, all highly regarded and well known spokespeople on the issue, argue it's too late to stop catastrophic climate change but in no way too late to regain a renewed life giving relationship with our world.

  • Michael Shaw
  • Michael Shaw
  • Michelle Walter
  • Jem Bendell
    Key Cast
    Professor of Sustainability; Author of "Deep Adaptation"
  • Dahr Jamail
    Key Cast
    Award winning journalist; Author of "The End of Ice"
  • Catherine Ingram
    Key Cast
    Dharma Teacher & Author of "Facing Extinction"
  • Stan Rushworth
    Key Cast
    Teacher, Author, Elder & Citizen of the Chiricahua Apache Nation
  • Michael Shaw
    Key Cast
    Losing Layla
  • Gabe Van Lelyveld
    Mandrose, St John's Bridge, Talking Heads, Walk
  • Steve Hammal
  • Tom Barnett
  • Tom Barnett
  • Sharon Shostak
    The Deep Pool, The Echo Doco, Tish Ho, Mullumbimby Madness
  • Forrest James
  • Francis Martineau
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  • Genres:
    Climate change, environment
  • Runtime:
    53 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 AUD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Australia, United Kingdom, United States
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    Digital h.264
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  • Student Project:
  • Colorado Environmental Film Festival
    United States
    February 24, 2022
    Official selection
  • IMPACT Docs

    United States
    January 25, 2022
    Award of Merit
  • North Dakota Environmental Film Festival
    United States
    April 24, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
    July 1, 2022
    Australian Premiere
    Finalist. Winner Best photography in a Documentary
  • Nature Without Borders

    United States
    July 16, 2022
    Merit Award
  • Documentaries without Borders

    United States
    August 13, 2022
    Winner Outstanding Excellence
Director Biography - Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw is an independent film maker and this is his first feature documentary. He has interviewed various experts on climate change for his You Tube Channel and hosted a community radio show on the issue.
Michael is a fully qualified teacher and therapist having run anti-bullying programs in schools for more than a decade.

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Director Statement

Climate change is, and will continue to be, the biggest issue we have ever faced as a species. I wanted to give a platform to those brave enough to say so and who also spoke to the heart of our human experience . As such it extends outside the science into an exploration of how to hold the situation we're in with more grace and to find real meaning within it.