Our Screen Notes series allows a more in-depth discussion of the films that we are showing this year at Open City Docs Fest. Contributors from a variety of vantage points and fields including scientists, scholars and students have given their unique perspectives on the documentaries they've enjoyed, sharing their expertise and experiences to add an extra dimension to the documentaries.
Dr. Ed Wild is a Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, and an Honorary Specialist Registrar in Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Ed studied medicine at Cambridge University and has researched Huntington’s Disease for many years. Since 2009 he has been collaborating with Dr Jeff Carroll to make Huntington's Disease (HD) research news accessible to the global HD community.
Dr. Wild has written about Do You Really Want To Know? a documentary about Huntington's Disease, a genetic disease that is a incurable fatal combination of Alzheimer's, ALS and schizophrenia. Technological breakthroughs in HD research now mean that sufferers can be tested to predict their genetic future and prevent their children from inheriting the disease, but the decision to get tested is far from easy.
Directed by John Zaritsky and produced in Canada, the documentary was released in 2012 with a run time of 72'. Do You Really Want To Know? is being screened on Thursday 20 June at 18:45, and will be followed by a panel discussion with Charles Sabine (Broadcast Journalist & HDA Spokesperson), Prof. Sarah Tabrizi (Clinical Neurologist, UCL), and Bill Crowder (Head of Care Services, England & Wales, HDA). Buy tickets HERE.
Please follow the link to read Wild's article https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2ELCplMBK2QdHg2d25LWmhBTm8/edit?usp=sharing