Gordon is an adorable Scottish man from Edinburgh. He’s a comic book artist who is working on several autobiographical books about how he’s living with this looming cloud over his head. At 32 he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and he hasn’t stopped fighting. Seven years later, he is writing and drawing what he has been going through and how he is dealing with the fact that he knows he could die at any moment, and there is nothing he can do to prevent this.
With his American boyfriend, Shawn, back in Virginia, Gordon takes this time alone to work on another book. Unable to travel long distances for fear of having a seizure, he starts talking with people who have lost family to cancer, the hospital workers, doctors, and with his own family. Gordon’s video diary of this time in his life is a triumphant example of what a person is capable of when they are faced with their immortality.
Art therapy is a very powerful thing. Having characters act out and scream can be a cathartic way to deal with pain. Creating a piece of art that will be here long after you’re gone is a magical way of making sure that you’ll never be forgotten. Gordon is an amazing example of someone who knows that the clock is ticking but will go down swinging. Directors Will Hewitt and Austen McCowan weave together a heartbreaking and courageous story that should encourage everyone who watches it to get off their asses and go create something while they still can. You never know what the future will bring, cherish every moment, write an opus, compose a symphony, fall in love et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, but don’t let life pass you by, it goes way faster than you think.
LONG LIVE MY HAPPY HEAD will screen virtually at Doc Edge Festival. Tickets and more info are available HERE.
Reviewed June 6, 2022. Rating: TBC. Running time: 90 min.
PRODUCTION: A Melt The Fly production. Producer: Austen McCowan. Executive producers: Amy Hardie, Tony Nellany, Geoffrey Smith & Mark Thomas.
CREW: Directors, writers: Will Hewitt & Austen McCowan. Editing: Will Hewitt, Erika Iesse & Barbara Toennieshen. Music: Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres.