Donor Unknown: Film and DVD review

July 1, 2011 11:44 by PrideAngelAdmin
BEING a child is hard enough. Being a child conceived via sperm donation can be even more difficult.

If the child discovers they were born this way, is it easy enough to carry on regardless or will they go down the road of finding out who their real father is?

It's a dilemma faced by JoEllen Marsh which turned her life around in more ways than one. Donor Unknown follows JoEllen as she reveals everything she went through meeting her half-siblings and, ultimately, her donor father, Jeffrey.

It all happens thanks to website the Donor Sibling Registry - it brought JoEllen and Danielle together.

But a New York Times article about the girls sparked an online search that resulted in dozens of 20-somethings coming forward because they were conceived from the same man.

Describing her first meeting with half-sister Danielle as 'weird', this is a heart-warming look at a subject rarely discussed in public.

In it we meet JoEllen and her half-brothers-and-sisters as well as 'Donor 150' aka the sperm donor, Jeffrey.

Jeffrey likens himself to a 'fringe monkey' - someone who lives on the fringes of society, protecting others from danger. He loves dogs and pigeons and lives in a rusty old camper van on Venice Beach.

A self-confessed hippy who pursued acting and modelling in his younger years, his decision to donate sperm was the result of being chatted up by a woman looking for a donor.

It brings a smile to the face listening to the 'family' talk about the similar traits they share - piano playing, same large toes, the way they push hair behind their ears.

Geoffrey's views on life and government would be considered those of a conspiracy theorist, but in truth, he is harmless.

In the end, Donor Unknown is a light-hearted look at a side of life rarely revealed and avoids focusing on the negatives and firmly shows there can be a positive outcome.

If you missed the showing of Donor Unknown 28th June on More4, why not watch the DVD, due out 11th July.

Film review: by Garry McConnachie 29th June 2011 www.dailyrecord.co.uk

Read more about known sperm and egg donation and donors keeping in touch with their children at www.prideangel.com

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JoEllen Marsh spoke on ‘This Morning’ about her search for her father, a Sperm Donor

June 6, 2011 22:43 by PrideAngelAdmin
Twenty-year-old JoEllen Marsh was desperate to find her real father - a sperm donor. Little did she know when she set out on her quest that she'd also find 14 siblings fathered by Donor 150.

This extraordinary story has been made into new documentary Donor Unknown: Adventures in the Sperm Trade, and JoEllen is tells her story today about her fascinating discovery.

View the clip on 'This Morning' at www.thismorning.itv.com

The film Donor Unknown (cert 12A) is in cinemas early June, and will be screening in London, Glasgow, York, Bath, Oxford, Uckfield, Bradford and other towns across the UK.

Below is a list of screenings:

Friday June 3rd – PREMIERE – Apollo Piccadilly Circus, London at 6.45pm
Sunday June 5th - Gate Cinema, Notting Hill at 8.45pm
Tuesday June 7th - Apollo, Stroud at 8.30pm
Thursday June 9th - Glasgow Film Theatre as part of the Glasgow Science Festival at 6pm
Monday June 13th - The Phoenix, Finchley at 9pm
Tuesday June 14th - City Screen Picturehouse, York at 8.30pm
Wednesday June 15th - The Little Theatre Cinema, Bath at 6.30pm
Thursday June 16th – Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford at 6.30pm
Sunday June 19th – The Picture House, Uckfield, 6pm and 8pm
Monday June 20th – Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton at 9pm
Wednesday June 22nd - Apollo, Torbay at 8.30pm
Thursday June 23rd – The Lexi Cinema, Kensal Rise at 6.30pm
Sunday June 26th - Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge at 4pm
Tuesday September 13th – British Science Festival, Bradford at 6pm

For more information about bookings visit www.donorunknown.com/uk-screenings

Read more about known donor conception at www.prideangel.com

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