Indestructible
Indestructible

Indestructible

Screening:

  • Friday 10 October 18:00 The Rex

Runtime:

113 mins

Director: Ben Byer Country: USA
Writer: Original Format: DVCAM
Dir. of Photography: Roko Belic Print Source: AMI Film
Producer: Ben Byer and Rebeccah Rush
Cast:

Film Details

UK Premiere


Short Synopsis

When 31 year-old Ben Byer is diagnosed with ALS, a fatal neurodegenerative disease, he begins documenting his life on camera. What begins as a series of video diaries grows into a three-year journey that takes him around the world looking for answers - and a cure.

Review

At the age of 31, father and writer Ben Byers starts to notice that something is wrong. After being diagnosed with the neuro-degenerative disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), his world is, understandably, turned upside down. But instead of submitting to the exceedingly aggressive and usually fatal condition, Ben struggles to keep it together, and plans on a positive course of action, complete with his admirable ability to retain his sense of humour.

We follow Ben as he consults other ALS sufferers and various experts in the field and as he journeys to the East to investigate new therapies. Watching him document his regression and trying to understand by asking various spiritual leaders he asks why he should suffer like this and we root for him when he hears of an operation that could change his life- (if the foreign doctors and patients are to be believed).

But ALS isn't everything that he has to worry about: his father's mission to influence and instruct other sufferers is at odds with what Ben wants. Questioning his father’s actions he wonders whether he is being selfish to expect other’s to focus specifically on him.

It is sadly ironic that Ben's illness brings him closer towards his long-term ambition of becoming a filmmaker, something which in his pre-illness days he lacked the inspiration to do. Indestructible is a heartrending, astonishing, personal and deeply affecting film that has, rightfully, won a host of awards throughout the world.

Graham Bendel

*** It is with great sadness that Raindance learned of the death of Ben Byer when we attempted to contact him for the print of his film. His sister has managed to send the print of this powerful film.