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The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off (2004)

In September 2003 36-year-old Jonny Kennedy died. He had a terrible genetic condition called Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) - which meant that his skin literally fell off at the slightest touch, leaving his body covered in agonising sores and leading to a final fight against skin cancer.

In his last months Jonny decided to work with filmmaker Patrick Collerton to document his life and death, and the result was a film, first broadcast in March, that was an uplifting, confounding and provocatively humorous story of a singular man. Not shying away from the grim reality of EB, the film was also a celebration of a life lived to the full.

Produced and directed by Patrick Collerton and first shown in March 2004 The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off has become the most talked about documentary of that year

It attracted nearly five million viewers and after the screening the public donated over half a million pounds to Jonny’s charity, DEBRA. A Jonny Kennedy Memorial Fund has been set up to raise another half a million with the aim of ensuring that Jonny Kennedy left a one million pound legacy.

It has also been nominated, and subsequently won many national and international awards notably the International Emmy for Documentary in 2004.

Full list of awards and nominations

The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off has been sold to more than over sixty countries, making it one of Channel 4’s most successful documentaries of recent years. It is represented by C4i.

The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off by Patrick Collerton

The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off by Patrick Collerton