Philip Gould - When I Die
As former political strategist Philip Gould was dying of oesophageal cancer in Autumn 2011, he shared his thoughts and emotions through video in his final weeks. The result below captures how he achieved a measure of freedom and control during his end of life experience.
Macmillan was not involved in the making of this film. It represents one person's experience of dying of cancer, and cancer experiences vary.
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About Philip Gould
Lord Philip Gould was polling and strategic advisor to Tony Blair and advised Bill Clinton during his presidential campaigns. Lord Gould died of cancer in November 2011. His memoirs, When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone, were published in April 2012 by Little, Brown and have been described by reviewers as "frank and courageous".
We'd like to thank Freud Communications, producers of the film When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone, for generously allowing us to use it.
We'd also like to thank Little, Brown Book Group for their help in arranging use of this video.
When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone was shot and directed by Adrian Stiern.