32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE
In December 2008, Hope Litoff found her sister Ruth dead in her Manhattan loft, surrounded by suicide notes and gifts for her closest friends. In this candid documentary, Hope attempts to understand why Ruth took her own life, forcing her to face some difficult truths and fight against her own destructive past.
5 WAYS TO BEGIN...
As part of our commitment to fostering new work that explores mental health, we are delighted to present and discuss new works in progress from five artists across multiple disciplines, giving audiences an insight into new performers who may appear at future events. Hosted by Associate Artist Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel), the evening will be an informal sharing of theatre, music, spoken word and performance from a broad range of artists.
BECOMING CARY GRANT
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD WINNER
Hollywood legend Cary Grant was troubled for most of his life by self-doubt and insecurity, seemingly due to childhood trauma. Using words from his unpublished autobiography and newly-discovered personal footage, this documentary explores Grant’s life, from childhood poverty to global fame, and the long course of LSD treatment that he felt helped him reconcile himself with his own identity.
A fun-loving family of performers and their inter-generational struggle for wellbeing is captured with disarming honesty and affection. At last, the problems of actor Quinn Greene, his beat-boxer brother Kane and his Elvis impersonator dad are being confronted in the open. The results are as unpredictable as they are memorable.
Join Marc Brew Company for BREWBAND which blurs boundaries and challenges people’s perceptions of identity. Created by award winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew, this inclusive music and dance performance brings together top Scottish indie rock artists with talented dancer/musicians.
After her daughter was born, filmmaker Anne-Marieke Graafmans suffered from postnatal depression, but the stigma surrounding the condition stopped her from talking about it with the outside world. This intimate and revealing documentary builds understanding about what it’s like to deal with postnatal depression, told from the perspective of four young families at different stages of their journey.
From as local as Lanarkshire and as far away as Australia, a variety of animation, documentary, dramatic and experimental work shows the magic that can happen when people who have faced mental health challenges are creatively involved in telling cinematic stories.
COMMUNITY FILMMAKING PRESENTATION
Writer-director Genevieve Clay-Smith co-founded Australia’s Bus Stop Films “in order to create a more inclusive and diverse film industry, as well as help people from marginalised communities personally grow and develop”. Join Genevieve as she shares insights on inclusive filmmaking and involves the audience in a demonstration of her working methods.
CREATIVE THERAPIES TRAINING PROGRAMME
Creative Therapies Training Programme offers a range of creative workshops, led by psychotherapists, state registered arts therapists and professional artists. Each three-hour session will aim to demonstrate the contribution creativity can make to positive mental health and wellbeing, helping you to develop your own skills and creative toolkit.
Manolo and his donkey Gorrión hatch a plan to conquer the American Midwest from his home in Southern Spain. This much-honoured film is not only the account of an unlikely journey, but also a meditation on the importance of having goals later in life and the positive impact that animals can have on their human companions.
FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Following the journey of two people on the yellow brick road, trying to find the solution to their fears and anxieties, homelessness, trauma, mental health, poverty and leaving prison. This event also includes the chance to view stories and artwork, and a Q&A.
Platform’s annual celebration and contribution to the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Headspace features a unique blend of quality theatre, music and visual arts delivered by contemporary artists and participants from the local community.
This artist talk with Colin James Tennant launches a publication of Here, Today, a collection of photographs that takes an intimate look at the lives of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in Cumbria, North England.
A darkly comic political cabaret for our times by theatre-maker Julia Taudevin, partly inspired by the 2016 US election and the 2017 global women’s marches, and written in dialogue with over 100 people.
HOHM Productions presents INSPIRE, a celebration of inspirational people doing inspirational things. Showcasing a selection of film, poetry, bands, DJs and live art, as well as food and drink, with all money raised being invested in community projects. Join us for an inspirational night of fun!
INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS
Join us for our annual awards ceremony at the CCA, as we honour the very best submissions to our International Film Competition. It’s your chance to get a first look at the award-winning titles that will be screening throughout the weekend and join us in welcoming talented filmmakers from across the world.
There are countless ways to compellingly address mental health on screen. This programme gathers some of the most accomplished examples from around the globe, and demonstrates that borders are not barriers to understanding.
Opening in a picturesque but secure psychiatric hospital in rural Tuscany, this uplifting and tender comedy from acclaimed director Paolo Virzi focuses on two women from very different backgrounds as they make the most of a chance to escape. A compelling story of loyalty and redemption, with a wholehearted social conscience.
LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON
In Mark Lockyer’s hilarious, touching and critically acclaimed solo show, the actor shares the true story of how his life fell apart following an on-stage meltdown during a 1995 RSC production of Romeo and Juliet.
LOVE SONG TO LAVENDER MENACE
Presented by James Ley in association with the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, this funny and moving live performance pays testimony to the love and passion it takes to make something happen and the loss that is felt when you have to let it go.
An exhibition of lumen prints made by a group of artists working in ReConnect, Project Ability’s mental health programme. Lumen printing is a camera-less method of making photographic images first used by botanists in the early 1800s.
MARBLES: LOST & FOUND
Creative Therapies inaugural mini-festival is bursting with funny and moving animations, an inspirational exhibition with guided tours by our art therapists, thought provoking panel discussions, and a professional development training programme for artists, therapists and support workers.
Impressive films from various genres find common cause through exploration of the contemporary male psyche. In two thought-provoking programmes of shorts from home and abroad, issues that were once kept hidden are approached with nerve, verve and an underlying sense of hope.
MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP
Duncan Cowles is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has delved into interpersonal dynamics with frankness, insight and subtle humour. Currently developing a feature-length documentary titled Silent Men, Duncan will illuminate his approach to having subjects open up on things often left unsaid, and audience members to as interviewer or interviewee, in role play or real life.
Now in its ninth year, Moving Minds is a day of celebration with events exploring diversity and mental wellbeing around the theme of Reclaim. Events include music, song, dance, a fashion show, a guided tour, interactive stalls and other creative activities.
Three exhilarating films proclaim music’s mysterious and wonderful power.
NO PLACE FOR A REBEL
Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as a veteran soldier. Now he has to re-adapt to civil society at large, and also to his family and community. The quietly moving portrait of a man with scars that are still healing.
Old Boy is a brand new show from Glas(s) Performance featuring the relationships of men and boys of various ages from Glasgow. The performance explores the love that is shared between men in families and the legacy passed down through generations.
New and hard-hitting verbatim play that explores how childhood experiences shape men’s adult lives.
PLATFORUM OPEN MIC NIGHT
Come along and join the fun at platForum's Open Mic Night. Performers: turn up on the night with your instruments and a song in your heart. All welcome.
The surge in filmmaking that addresses mental health is no stranger to Scotland. Six shorts, equally divided between documentaries and dramas, demand that we consider what might be going on beneath a person’s surface. Whether based in fact or fiction, these local stories all urge humanity, patience and understanding.
A new performance by Paul Michael Henry dealing with mental health, consumer capitalism, and ecological crisis.
SIX FEET OVER: DEATH AND DOCUMENTARY PANEL DISCUSSION
A sensitive subject at the best of times, death can be fraught with difficulty for the documentarian. How are the often intrusive demands of documentary reconciled with those of care and compassion? And what are the particular challenges when the deceased is a friend or family member? A panel involving first-hand experience will consider the concerns at play.
SMHAF WRITING AWARDS
We are delighted to invite you to a highlight event in our 2017 programme, our annual Writing Awards in partnership with Bipolar Scotland. The evening will showcase excellent work, exploring the theme of 'Reclaim', from writers across Scotland and beyond.
The exciting event will take place at St George's Tron Church of Scotland in Glasgow from 6.30-8.30pm on Thursday 26th. Tickets are free and there will be a reception following the event. You can book tickets here.
An exhibition of new work by Project Ability ReConnect artist Alan Straiton. Having started out as a photographer, his recent works include abstract paintings with a focus on texture and the layering of paint.
FEATURE DRAMA AWARD WINNER
Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, Carla Simón’s compassionate semi-autobiographical debut has an extraordinary performance at its heart. Following the death of her parents from an AIDS-related illness, six-year-old Frida faces her first summer with her new adoptive family in the picturesque Catalan countryside. Deftly exploring the legacy of trauma, the film is a beautifully shot and powerful testament to acceptance, independence and love.
An experimental and accessible music event featuring disabled and non-disabled artists, with music from bands across Scotland that have been working with KOR! Records over the last year, as well as a set from the Akron/Family’s Miles Cooper Seaton.
THE OTHER HALF
Haunted by a tragic loss from his past and struggling to maintain a grip on his feelings, a British man living in Canada strikes up a relationship with a woman with bipolar disorder. She helps to lift him out of his destructive lifestyle but their turbulent emotions leave them both struggling to cope. A raw and atmospheric debut feature.
TO LOVE SOMEBODY MELANCHOLY
Acclaimed folktronic singer-songwriter Minute Taker and award-winning animation artist Ana Stefaniak have joined forces to create a haunting, modern fable told through a dynamic live band performance, projected film and storybook captions.
Join an artist as he journeys through the euphoric highs and the self-destructive lows of his creative cycles. On a desolate seashore he meets his muse; a ghostly, shapeshifting entity whose form is entirely dependent upon the artist's current mindset.
Expect to be immersed in a mysterious world of strange animated characters and piano songs brimming with ethereal harmonies, fizzing synthesisers and orchestral twists.
Previous press for Minute Taker (AKA Ben McGarvey):
"a superb mix of haunting melodies, electronic beats and soulful singing."
- Time Out
"epic, otherworldly sounds in an intimate show, with digital trickery"
- The Guardian: The Guide
We are investigating, questioning, retrieving, regenerating, recycling, upcycling, transforming and mastering everything. Come and see reclaimed objects, new art and new writing created on the Leverndale site by service users, staff and community partners, and buy some of our creations.
Art is a form of therapeutic treatment and utilised to promote wellbeing and recovery. The display will feature brand new work created on the Leverndale site by service users, staff and community partners and emphasise the importance of reclaiming old skills and reclaiming the ability to learn new skills.
VIVIAN, VIVIAN preceded by WATERFALL
MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY AWARD WINNER
An intimate cinematic poem, Vivian, Vivian is director Ingrid Kamerling’s attempt to understand what her sister went through in the months leading up to her suicide.
WELLBEING OF THE WOODS
Feel good, creative woodland walk in Pollok Country Park for people from minority ethnic backgrounds. Participants will be given inspiration, encouragement and tools to create their own nature-based land art and photograph it. After an initial art session the group will have tea and snacks before heading off for a photo walk in the woods. Leaves, snacks and cameras provided. All levels of ability will enjoy. Booking essential.
Hosted by Forestry Commission Scotland and Open Aye.
WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE?
The Health and Social Care Academy in partnership with Scottish Recovery Network and Write to Recovery present an exhibition of entries to their Creative Competition, exploring change in health and social care through the lens of lived experience.
WRITE TO RECOVERY & REAL TALK STORIES
The Scottish Recovery Network’s popular writing project Write to Recovery comes together with Real Talk to support writers in telling their stories of resilience and recovery. There will be a Q&A opportunity, and the event will end with a writing exercise.
By young people about young people, the two dramas in this programme are stunning examples of precocious achievement.