Emmy award-winning VR filmmaker and artist Lynette Wallworth has a deep interest in end-of-life rituals and how cultural differences reflect our understanding...
Dying Well with Lynette Wallworth
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Emmy award-winning VR filmmaker and artist Lynette Wallworth has a deep interest in end-of-life rituals and how cultural differences reflect our understanding of what happens at end of life.
Join Lynette as she speaks with two remarkable doctors, both of whom guide those at the gateway of death. Their creative approaches are re-shaping our relationship with death and offer hope for dying well.
Dr Justin Dwyer is one of the lead doctors in St Vincent’s Melbourne's world-first psilocybin trial for palliative care patients. As Medical Director of Psychosocial Cancer Care, St Vincent's he and Lynette collaborated on a pilot project to connect patients with their loved ones during lock down and isolation through bespoke VR experiences.
Dr Chris Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Hospice and Palliative Care Buffalo, NY. His book Death is but a Dream describes his astounding research into the dreams of dying patients. Chris’ Tedx Buffalo talk on the subject has been viewed more than 4.5 million times.
Lynette has a long track record working with communities that openly embrace spirituality, consciousness, and end-of-life rituals. Her documentary Tender followed the creation of a community funeral home. She also collaborated with the Yawanawa to tell the story of Hushuhu, the first female shaman of the Amazonian tribe, to share their 'medicine' through VR – helping to open a portal to another way of knowing.
In addition to her award-winning films, documentaries and installations, Lynette is a pioneer in innovation and recognised as a global leader and storyteller. She directs the New Narratives Lab for the World Economic Forum to generate opportunities for under-represented voices. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality, and she sits on the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.