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Love Bound: Families, Young People & Mental Illness

Film Discussion

Two raw and compelling documentaries highlighting the challenges parents and families face in supporting young people with severe mental illness, both award-winners at SMHAF 2021.

In Imogen, a family grieves, celebrates and reflects on their daughter’s life, whose mental health challenges changed the course of her life and everyone around her. Love Bound, filmed in an otherwise silent therapy room, follows five parents in their struggles to support adult children with mental illness.

How to Watch

Watch Love Bound and Imogen on the SMHAF page at INDY On Demand. They are available rent from 17-23 May for UK audiences. The runtime is 87 minutes.

Tickets are available on a Pay What You Can basis, using our sliding scale pricing. Tickets are FREE, £2, £4 and £6. To access the various prices, please click Rent and then tick the box “I have a promo code”. Enter the promo code for your ticket price – SMHAF0, SMHAF2 or SMHAF4 – and click apply. £6 is the default price, with no code required.

Join us for a Zoom Q&A, with guests including Love Bound director Vibe Mogensen, psychiatrist Lene Karlsson, and subjects Marianne and Tommy, at 8pm on Friday 21 May. It will take place as a webinar and you can also watch it on Facebook Live.

Love Bound, Vibe Mogensen, Denmark, 52m, European Premiere
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SMHAF 2021

Mental illness is Denmark’s primary health concern, but the congested system has little room to support parents of young people living with severe and enduring conditions.

Filmed in an otherwise silent therapy room, this documentary follows five parents as they struggle to take care of their adult children and come to terms with the insecurity that loving them can bring.

Addressing difficult and complex issues, this unique documentary poses important questions about how we can build a mental health system that better supports young people and their families.

Content notes: strong discussion of self-harm, discussion of suicide attempts, discussion of drug use

Imogen, Lola Young & Matt Shea, UK, 32m, Scottish Premiere
Winner of the Anti-Stigma award at SMHAF 2021

A family grieves, celebrates and reflects on their daughter’s life, whose mental health challenges changed the course of her life and everyone around her.

Crafted from two decades of journals, sketchbooks and music she left behind, with family members and actors appearing together, seamlessly blending reality and performance of self.

Filmmakers join a family who posthumously try to understand a chaotic mind, with the aim to expand our own understanding of what it’s like to live in a state of mental confusion.

Content notes: discussion of drug use, discussion of eating disorders, representation of self-harm, strong discussion of suicide.

Image: Love Bound


Mon 17th - Sun 23rd May
UK Audiences

Tickets: Pay What You Can (FREE, £2, £4, £6)

SMHAF Film Pass: £15 / £10

Book & WatchINDY On Demand

Accessibility: Captions or subtitles available for both films.


Fri 21st May
8PM - 9PM

Tickets: FREE


Accessibility: Live captioning will be provided for the discussion. If you have any further access requirements, please email Emily at [email protected].