Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival
Made in Scotland
Fri 13 May 2022
Too Rough, Sean Lìonadh
This eclectic selection of short films showcases titles in various genres and styles by talented filmmakers based in Scotland. All rooted in personal experiences, they explore themes of neurodiversity, cultural identity, body image, stigma, discrimination and poverty, giving an insight into the issues that most affect our mental health in Scotland.
Prosopagnosia, Steven Fraser, Scotland: Through the use of stop-motion animation, sketchbooks, photographs and diary extracts Writer, Animator & Artist, Steven Fraser shares his personal feelings and reflections on living with Prosopagnosia, also known as “face blindness”.
Bahar, Maryam Hamidi, Scotland: It has been 10 years since the death of Narges’ daughter and she continues to feel her presence acutely through every crevice of her life and home. When her son Navid returns home from university, she forced to grapple with her inability accept her loss.
Killing Myself Laughing, Maria Viola Craig: Margaret is a vibrant woman in her 70s, full of life with the most contagious laugh, but behind her laughter is someone who has been struggling with depression. After she reaches out to the infamous Patch Adams clown doctor, she finds a new way to work through her illness.
Do No Harm, Douglas King, Scotland: Highly regarded scientist Dr Beth Anderson puts her career on the line in pursuit of an out-of-date sandwich to avoid admitting she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to her colleagues.
Too Rough, Sean Lìonadh, Scotland: After a night of intoxication, a hungover and hysterical Nick wakes up next to his boyfriend Charlie and must conceal him from his own homophobic and dysfunctional family.
What Remains, Marta Massa, Scotland: An emotional, sensorial and narrative piece following the journey of two women as they reflect on their relationship to their body through childhood and as they entered adulthood contending with the ever present gaze and attempt to reclain their presence in a physical and unshakeable way.
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