Distributor:  Terra Nova Films
Length:  28 minutes
Date:  2010
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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I Won't Go

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Oli Truss is an eccentric ex-headmistress in her 90's and her story brings home the complex issues of self-neglect, competence and capacity, and the right to live and die at home with dignity.

I Won't Go

I was born in this house. I will never leave this house. I'm pretty happy.' - Oli Truss. Meet Oli Truss. She's an eccentric ex-headmistress in her nineties, who now lives isolated and housebound in her condemned country cottage, her companions being a cat, a dog, and a small Shetland pony named 'Baby'. The cottage has rats, the floor is littered with animal dropppings, cobwebs decorate the windows, and maggots squirm in leftover food in the kitchen but Oli won't hear of leaving her home. Happy on her own, she gets up every morning around 7:15 for a biscuit, and a cup of tea - when she can find her cup, that is. As the water runs nonstop in the sink, Oli wonders why the empty water pot on the counter is not boiling, admitting that 'I can't always think quickly like I used to'. She accepts the bare minimum of help from home care workers on the first floor, as the second floor is now off limits to everyone. At what point is further intervention mandatory? Should she be allowed to live life her way? Not easily forgotten, 'I Won't Go' paints an intimate and representative portrait of countless older adults whose only 'crimes' are growing old, and wanting to keep their independence-at all costs. Oli's story brings home the complex issues of self-neglect, competence and capacity, the innate desire for independence, and the right to live and die at home with dignity. A must-see for all social, legal, law enforcement, mental health, and geriatric services providers.

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Citation

Main credits

Hurcombe, Georgina (Producer)
Hurcombe, Georgina (Director)

Other credits

Camera, Loretta De Wolff, Justin Brown; editors, Henry Dalton, Tony Palmer, John Rosser; composer, Alex Baranowski.


Distributor credits

LoveLove Films, Ltd

Docuseek2 subjects

Aging
Longterm Care

Distributor subjects

Elder Abuse
Attitudes about Aging
Social Issues

Keywords

Hoarding; Attitudes; self-neglect; autonomy; "aging in place"; "I Won't Go"; Terra Nova Films;

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