This week, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival presents Home, a documentary by Jen Randall which intimately and unflinchingly tells the epic story of Sarah Outen's solo, human powered expedition around the globe, where she is brought to the mental and physical brink by a violent ocean storm. Home was the winner of the Personal Narrative award at the International Film Awards.
We are delighted that both Jen Randall and Sarah Outen will join us for a live discussion on Zoom at 8.30pm on Thursday 28 May, with BSL interpretation available. Click here to register for a place in the discussion. The film is free to watch on this page but you can support the festival by buying a pay what you can ticket here.
This screening is supported by Glasgow Film, with a specially recorded introduction by Paul Gallagher, Programme Manager at Glasgow Film Theatre. Thanks to Matchbox Cineclub for providing captions, with support from Film Hub ScotlandProgramme Notes
Home follows British adventurer Sarah Outen as she embarks on a solo trip around the world using only her own power - kayaking, cycling and rowing. She marks the distance travelled not by how far she has left to go but by how far she is from her point of departure, how far she is from home. But for someone who feels in their element when facing the elements alone, what does home really mean?
As she tries to make the dream she conceived of at only 25-years-old come true, Sarah grapples with her sense of belonging and urge for accomplishment. While her dedication is admirable on the surface, the journey is full of serious risks, taking significant tolls on her mental and physical health. Some truly terrifying storms have a traumatic impact, resulting in emotional trauma and PTSD, leading her to question her motivations and reassess the pace of her life.
Providing a unique perspective among a cacophony of mind-over-matter survivalist stories, Home challenges the reductive narratives of adventuring, where external obstacles are defeated through sheer endurance. Sarah's stints of being alone at sea for months at a time with little to no human contact hold a particular resonance when so many of us are isolated from loved ones. Staying with Sarah every step of the way, Home taps into not only the inner strength she develops but also, most importantly, the kindness and grace she cultivates for herself.
Speaking after receiving the Personal Narrative award, Jen Randall said: "It's a very brave, personal thing to share your struggles as well as your triumphs with the world, and as I got to know Sarah's story through making Home, her bravery became ever more apparent in its many forms. It's incredibly meaningful when a story such as this one - an adventure film on the surface - travels beyond its expected audience, and the power of shared experiences starts to help others get through their difficult times too. That's why we're very proud to be part of this festival."