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The Switch

A life in a wheelchair, paralysed from the neck down, would be most people’s idea of a living hell. Through sheer courage and determination, Larry McAfee turned such a nightmarish reality into a personal triumph.

IT WOULD TAKE SO LITTLE TO END HIS LIFE - BUT A VERY SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP TO CHANGE IT FOREVER.

A life in a wheelchair, paralysed from the neck down and robbed of any sense of self-worth, self-determination and dignity would be most people’s idea of a living death.
THE SWITCH tells the inspirational true story of how, through sheer courage and determination, one man dealt with such a nightmarish reality and, where others had failed, turned it into a personal triumph.

Until the day a fateful motorbike accident paralyses him, Larry McAfee (GARY COLE, American Gothic, Midnight Caller, The Brady Bunch Movie) has led a very contented existence.

He is a big hit with the girls, athletic and enjoys an easy-going life with his friends and family. In a split-second, all this changes irrevocably.

Now totally dependent on others and shunted from one hostile care home to the next, Larry finds that he has lost not only his purpose in life, but also any control over it.

So he takes a drastic step and initiates legal action to have a special ‘switch’ installed on the ventilator that keeps him alive so that he can take the choice to end his own life. All Larry wants is the right to live – and die - with dignity.

In a landmark legal decision, Larry’s wish is granted. But then the controversy starts. Other disabled people condemn his move as a convenient form of euthanasia that will excuse the authorities their responsibility to provide environments where people in Larry’s position can lead independent, fulfilling lives.

But an even greater obstacle presents itself in the form of a man who is as stubborn, outspoken and cantankerous as Larry himself: talk-show host Russ Fine (CRAIG T. NELSON, Poltergeist, Coach, The District). Russ gets to hear to Larry’s plight and wants to air his side of the story. I

nitially, Larry is suspicious of Russ’s motives, but a wary friendship and respect develops between the two men, helped along by Russ’ devoted wife, Dee (BEVERLY D’ANGELO, Coal Miner’s Daughter, in an un-credited role).

And so Russ comes to play a crucial part in Larry’s brave and captivating story, giving him the means to carry out his ultimate wish while showing him that he can still, despite everything, make his own invaluable contribution to society and improve the lives of those suffering a similar plight.

THE SWITCH also stars veteran actors KATHLEEN NOLAN (The Real McCoys) and TIM SCOTT (Lonesome Dove) as Larry’s parents, and features original music by TANGERINE DREAM. It is written by T.S. COOK (who received Oscar®, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe nominations for his screenplay for The China Syndrome) and directed by BOBBY ROTH (Heartbreakers).

Certificate: PG Length: 90 mins approx
Cast: Gary Cole, Craig T. Nelson, Beverly D’Angelo