Release date1 October 2007 (2007-10-01) CastHenry Marsh, Igor Petrovich AwardsSILVERDOCS Sterling Award for a World Feature Similar movies9000 Needles (2009), Hospital (1970), Little Man (2005), Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders (2009), The Waiting Room (2012)
The English Surgeon is a documentary film, which premiered at the London Film Festival on 1 October 2007.
The film was shot in a Ukrainian hospital full of desperate patients and makeshift equipment, but it is not a medical film—it is about Henry Marsh, and his partnership with Ukrainian colleague Igor Petrovich Kurilets, and their struggle with moral, ethical and professional issues.
Henry's emotional journey takes him to visit the mother of a young girl he couldn't save some years ago, intercut with the current dilemma of a young man called Marian, dying of a brain tumour said to be inoperable in Ukraine. Marian has come to Kyiv hoping that Henry can save him. He thinks he can, but only if Marian is awake throughout the entire operation.
With a soundtrack composed and performed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, the film is set in a bleak Ukrainian landscape as Henry and his colleague Igor Petrovich Kurilets struggle against massive logistical odds and the wrath of the old Soviet health system.