Discussing Love & Sacrifice with Mahershala Ali in 'Swan Song' Promo
"It's about what human relationships are… and how far someone will go for love." When the trailer for this film first debuted, I was surprised to discover another sci-fi film was dropping this year. Swan Song is about a dying man who decides to let a clone take over his life, but it's not an easy choice. The film (and this video) explores the implications that come with that choice. Apple TV has debuted this featurette for Swan Song to promote its release on the streaming service. Set in the near future, Cameron Turner is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Presented with an experimental solution to shield his wife and son from grief, he grapples with altering their fate in this sci-fi drama. The always wonderful Mahershala Ali stars as Cameron, with Naomie Harris as his wife Poppy, plus Glenn Close, Awkwafina, Adam Beach, Lee Shorten, Dax Rey, Nyasha Hatendi, and JayR Tinaco. I watched this one a few weeks ago and it's a seriously thought-provoking, delicate film about the extraordinarily challenging decisions we must make in the name of love.
Here's the "Love & Sacrifice" featurette for Benjamin Cleary's Swan Song, direct from Apple's YouTube:
Set in the near future, Swan Song is a powerful, emotional journey told through the eyes of Cameron (Mahershala Ali), a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness who is presented with an alternative solution by his doctor (Glenn Close) to shield his family from grief. As Cam grapples with whether or not to alter his family’s fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever imagined. Swan Song explores how far we will go, and how much we’re willing to sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people we love. Swan Song is both written and directed by the up-and-coming Irish filmmaker Benjamin Cleary, making his feature directorial debut after a few other short films previously (including Wave and Stutterer). It's produced by Mahershala Ali, Rebecca Bourke, Jonathan King, Jacob Perlin, Adam Shulman, Mimi Valdes. This is premiering at AFI Fest this month. Apple will then debut Cleary's Swan Song in select US theaters + streaming on Apple TV+ starting December 17th, 2021. It's available to watch online now.