The moving and crafty documentary, The English Surgeon, deals with the life and works of Dr. Henry Marsh. Its director, Geoffrey Smith (The Children of Helen House, Your Life in Their Hands) , talks about his unique approach and his subject.
Smith discusses the making of the film about the brain surgeon who performs pro bono work in a decrepit Ukrainian KGB hospital, the real-life drama that propelled the film’s theatrical nature, the maverick attitude shared by Henry and his Ukrainian counterpart, Igor Kurilets, and how got Nick Cave and Warren Ellis scored his film in three days.
Banner image: Henry Marsh in Igor Kurilets' office consulting scans. Photo: G. Smith