ESC’s Film Premieres on Monday of this week were a huge success with the Black Box in Belfast packed out with audience members from all over Northern Ireland and even Canada!
The morning saw the ESC / MindWise collaboration ‘All our Stories’ which focused on the experiences of a group of men with mental ill health who participate in therapeutic and supportive work at MindWise’s Belfast Resource Centre. The films were challenging, encompassing solvent abuse, schizophrenia, unrequited love and the difficulties of the recovery journey. We are very grateful to Awards for All for their support for this project.
Some audience feedback:
“Great insight into the taboo subject of mental health. The actors were very brave & inspired to tell their stories”
“The stories were incredibly powerful and and moving. They broadened the spectrum of creativity and challenged our perspectives.”
The afternoon saw the celebration of four years of work at Holywell hospital with the Community and Forensic Mental Health Team on ESC’s flagship project Second Chance for Change: Including the Excluded.
ESC were proud to welcome some of the participants in the project to the stage to take part in a post-screening Q&A, touching on issues of domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and institutional child sexual abuse and the future of the ‘asylum’ in today’s culture and political climate.
If you missed the launches the films are nearly all up online! Click here.
The film launches were the culmination of two projects and part of the final day of the Northern Ireland Mental Health Festival. We would like to thank all the festival organisers, the participants in our projects, MindWise, Holywell hospital staff, Esmee Fairbairn and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust for all their support. A big thank you too to the ESC Team and our associates, Karen Kinghan, Ben Price, Michael MacBroom, Will McConnell and Stuart Sloan. Great work everyone!