‘The Iron Man’ will screen in The Strand Cinema, Belfast on Saturday, April 25th (6pm) as part of the Belfast Film Festival.
The feature-length documentary film tells the story of Roscrea man Michael Thatcher’s battle with terminal cancer and his attempts to treat his disease using alternative methods. The film premiered as part of the OFFline Festival in Birr in October, was directed by Nicky Larkin and was produced by Niall Cahir.
Coming from a family devastated by cancer and frustrated with the pharmaceutical “cancer industry”, Michael Thatcher began researching alternative cannabinoid treatments being used to fight and cure cancer to great effect around the world. His research took him to Israel, to The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, to meet world-renowned Israeli organic chemist Professor Raphael Mechoulam. Professor Mechoulam was the first scientist to isolate the active ingredient of cannabis, THC, in the 1960s. Mechoulam continues his groundbreaking research and development today, successfully using cannabis oil to treat and cure cancer.
Michael travelled to Jerusalem to interview Prof Mechoulam, to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, and to see his groundbreaking medical work in action.
Inspired by the work of Professor Mechoulam, Michael set about growing his own crop of cannabis in his garden shed, which he then distilled into a cannabis oil and began to treat himself with startling effects. This incredible, awe-inspiring journey took Michael Thatcher thousands of miles across the globe with an unbeatable positivity that will touch everyone who spends an hour in his company.