Netflix explores medicine’s End Game in new documentary short
James R | On 11, Apr 2018
Netflix’s is exploring the End Game of life itself in a new medical documentary.
The short film follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death, and dedicated to changing our thinking about both.
The project is the latest documentary from award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The pair have been making films together ever since the 1980s, when they formed the production company Telling Pictures in San Francisco. In the decades since, they have won two Oscars for Best Documentary Feature, for The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. Now they’re thinking small to tackle big themes, going back to their roots for an intimate, vérité-style exploration of modern medicine, covering not only doctors, but also nurses and hospice professionals.
After awards success with The White Helmets, End Game joins a growing number of short films acquired by Netflix for exclusive release, including Ram Dass, Going Home, Ladies First, The Trader (Sovdagari).
“We are proud to showcase stories from around the globe, told by filmmakers who help us see the world from unique and important new vantage points,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary Programming, when unveilling its 2018 slate of shorts. “This impressive and diverse slate of documentary shorts illustrates how filmmakers, both acclaimed and emerging, can deftly transport us into some of the most transcendent, enriching, raw and unexpected moments in life.”
After premiering at Sundance, it debuts on Netflix on Friday 4th May. Here’s a trailer:
End Game is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £9.99 monthly subscription.