The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off
Total time: approx. 50 mins.
Jonny Kennedy lived 4 decades with a dreadful illness that causes unimaginable pain, before contracting terminal cancer. But he was not scared or bitter. For him this mortal coil was a burden that once lifted by death would set him free for an afterlife which would be wonderful.
Kennedy agreed to make a documentary of his last months, which is a groundbreaking for several reasons. It deals with a profound issue head on, with humor and insight and with neither clawing sentimentality nor morbid voyeurism. The success of the film is principally the result of the endearing personality of Kennedy, who narrates the path leading up to his own death as if he is speaking from the grave.
The moment when he briefly lets his guard down is one of the most emotionally powerful pieces of television I have ever seen. Jonny Kennedy lived a life to remember and left a film to help do just that.