Spartacus star s final film
Andy Whitfield. Picture: 2009 Starz Entertainment.

Emotional footage of Andy Whitfield's final chemotherapy sessions has been included in a new film about the Australian actor's tragic cancer battle.

The Spartacus: Blood and Sand star, who died in Sydney on September 11 last year at the age of 39, was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2010 but was given the all-clear months later.

When the disease returned, Whitfield invited documentarian Lilibet Foster to chronicle his cancer fight - and the end result, Be Here Now, looks set to be a harrowing movie.

Whitfield was filmed with an intravenous drip in his hand as he goes through a round of chemo in Sydney, while another scene shows his wife Vashti shaving off his hair.

Vashti is also seen supporting Whitfield as he undergoes a scan, telling him, "That's it, breathe out. You can do this, Andy. You're doing an incredible job. That's it, breath out. Breathe into the pain."

Foster hopes the film will help viewers, telling People.com: "It's not going to be a sad movie. It's going to be a very beautiful, inspiring and uplifting film, not the least of which is an amazing love story between him and his wife."

Producer Sam Maydew adds: "Andy never wavered, not once, even though the treatment was really hard and some of the experiences were really tough.

"He was so committed to this and knew that no matter how it turned out, that this was going to be helpful to other people and inspiring to other people. That in turn inspired him."

Foster has called on fans to donate to fundraising website Kickstarter.com so she can complete Be Here Now.

The West Australian

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