ABOUT THE FILM
More than 700,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. For many of them, death is the first symptom of the disease. A simple heart scan could save many of these lives, but THE WIDOWMAKER reveals that a hidden battle fought inside America’s medical establishment has pitted prevention against intervention keeping scans in the shadows while cardiac surgeries soar. Featuring cardiologists, heart attack survivors and lawmakers, THE WIDOWMAKER will change the way you think about heart disease and it just might save your life.
“I want people to change their life after seeing this film. Normally as a director you’re concerned to tell a story well, to think about how a film will look, even – if you’re lucky – to win an award or two. And I’d be lying if I said that all those usual thoughts didn’t go through my head when we first talked about this movie.
However, my attitude to making it was changed radically by the death of an acquaintance – a talented, forty something lawyer, with two kids and a loving husband. She came home from work one day, and was standing at the top of the stairs, her young kids at the bottom. And then, without any warning, or outward sign of trouble, she suffered a massive heart attack.The hospital battled to save her – but in vain. She was dead on arrival – and her death has left a massive hole in the lives of anyone who knew her.
So for once, I’m not looking for a shiny statue or glowing review. Instead, I’m hoping that out of all the people who see this film, just one thinks maybe I should check out how my heart is. I know I don’t feel bad – and I’m fit and healthy. But as we point out, people like you, like my friend, die in their millions all around the world. And it need not, should not happen.”