Director: Lynette Wallworth
75 minutes

Set against the stunning backdrop of the industrial seaside town of Port Kembla, a feisty and resilient community group have determined to take back the responsibility that most of us leave to someone else – to care for their own dead. Scattered throughout are stories that cut to the core revealing why this small band have decided to take on a practice that for most is taboo. As their plans for community-based funerals gather momentum one of their own is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Tender is at once a heartbreakingly beautiful and beautifully funny glimpse of an extraordinary community taking on one of the most essential challenges of human life … its end.

Lynette Wallworth’s achievement in covering multiple personal stories during often heightened moments with both sensitivity and humour is singular and done with great skill. The film is authentic, powerful and ultimately true to its title – Tender.” – SFF 2014 Doc Jury

Festivals: Sydney (In Competition), New Zealand, Margaret Mead (New York), London – doc competition


  • David and Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship 2014
  • ATOM Awards 2014 – Best Documentary
  • AACTA Awards – Best Documentary Television Program
  • Foxtel Movies – Best Documentary Television Program (Lynette Wallworth & Kath Shelper)
  • FIFO 2015 – Grand Jury Prize
  • Grierson Awards 2014 (nominated)

Film Type Documentary
Director Lynette Wallworth
Producer Kath Shelper
Writer Lynette Wallworth