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The documentary raises awareness of suicide in the creative arts, looking at acting through the experiences of my contributor, Dave. Exploring his negative thoughts and how acting has helped him whilst drawing on expert knowledge in acting and mental health fields. Made in the middle of a global pandemic that has had an overwhelming impact on people’s mental health and well-being. The central message of the documentary is to portray hope and positivity for people struggling with their mental health. It will provide awareness of the struggles that face many in the arts and encourage others to ask for help.

  • Chloe Falcon
  • Chloe Falcon
  • Dave James
    Key Cast
    "as himself"
  • Nicola Reynolds
    Key Cast
    "as herself (actor, casting diretor)"
    Human Traffic
  • Sarah Stone
    Key Cast
    "as herself (Samaritans executive director)"
  • Blueyute
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - university of south wales
Director Biography - Chloe Falcon

22 year old aspiring filmmaker/actor from Cardiff. Cymru am byth!

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Director Statement

Due to the pandemic I wasn't able to work in a group, but, with lots of planning, late nights, conversations with contributors, trying to fix audio in post, and the help from my wonderful sister I was able to tell a story that means a lot to me.

Theatre and acting is a big hobby of mine and something that I love. However, I am concerned with how the industry supports artists’ wellbeing, and what needs to be done to protect them. Through my experience I was made aware of the “darker” sides of acting and how detrimental this can be on a person’s mental health. Seeing friends feeling lost in something which they originally did because they loved it. I realised that there was a gap, and a chance for a different type of documentary about mental health; one for people in the creative arts.

Nicola Reynolds (who will feature in my film) taught me that young people can be the change the industry needs, just by being kind to yourself and one another whilst in those professional environments.

Even though the documentary will focus on acting, the message can translate across creative industries. It is not about chasing a dream or fame but finding something you take pleasure in.

I hope you enjoy the film.