Singing coffin builders doccie a hit
WELLINGTON: A group of elderly New Zealanders with a macabre hobby are the stars of a new musical documentary.
Filmmaker Briar March’s short documentary The Coffin Club, released online yesterday, portrays a free-spirited group of senior citizens who make their own low-cost coffins.
“I’ve always been a little afraid of ageing and I’ve often felt nervous and uncomfortable at funerals, so when I heard about the Kiwi Coffin Club I was immediately intrigued and wanted to meet the people behind it,” March said.
The elderly group meets once a week to rejoice in life while facing the realities of death. It started in 2010 when former palliative nurse Katie Williams was pondering new activities for the elderly.
With little knowledge of carpentry and few woodwork skills, the now 78-year-old brought together some friends with the necessary backgrounds and the club was soon up and running.
March said she decided to make the film as a documentary musical as she thought the mix of genres would demonstrate that there is still so much to laugh about and celebrate when facing mortality.
The film is part of Loading Docs and can be watched online. – dpa