Normality I

These short films being screened as part of SMHAF 2021 explore how our daily lives and mental health are influenced by sexuality, neurodiversity, body image and long-term health conditions.

Normality I

About Normality I

What is normality? These short films explore how our daily lives and mental health are influenced by sexuality, neurodiversity, body image and long-term health conditions.

Featuring both drama and documentary, the protagonists in these short films turn to dressing up, creativity, art and music to sustain an identity through which they can navigate their challenging worlds.

Programme
Factory Talk, Lucie Rachel & Chrissie Hyde, UK, 5m, Scottish Premiere

The psychological impact of toxic masculinity is laid bare in this intergenerational conversation set in a rural factory. Content: homophobia.

Is It Me, Christopher McGill, UK, 10m, Scottish Premiere
Winner of the Personal Narrative award at SMHAF 2021

An intimate portrait of a bio drag queen struggling with body dysmorphia as she prepares for a night out. Content: Discussion of body dysmorphia.

Being Someone Else, Øyvind Aamli, Norway, 8m, Scottish Premiere
13-year-old Imogen meticulously crafts her latest cosplay creation, while discussing her struggles with autism and loneliness.

Mind Mending, Markus Schröder, UK, 17m, Scottish Premiere
After a stroke at the age of 36, musician Filipe visits music festivals dressed as a rabbit to raise awareness about the impact it has had on his mental and physical health. Content: alcohol, strong language

Shade Guzzling, Ulrike Korbach, Germany, 20m, Scottish Premiere
A raw insight into the normality of violist, author and artist Anke Ames, whose experiences with bipolar disorder have shaped her life and art. Content: discussion of self-harm and suicide attempts.

Harmonic Spectrum, Will Hewitt & Austen McCowan, UK, 17m
Winner of the Short Documentary award at SMHAF 2021

An insightful documentary following autistic musician Sean as he navigates the Covid-19 pandemic and the difficulties of adapting to a new normal.

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Normality II

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By turns experimental, surreal, and uncanny, these international short films, screened as part of SMHAF, how mental ill health and the factors that contribute to it can become normalised in society.
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I’ll Be Your Mirror

I’ll Be Your Mirror

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As part of SMHAF 2021, filmmaker and artist Johanna Faust goes on a journey to understand her identity as a mother and an artist against a family history of bipolar disorder.
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Screen Test

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11th May 2021
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Judy Versus Capitalism

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Don't miss the Scottish premier of Judy Versus Capitalism the lyrical documentary by Mike Hoolboom, recounting radical feminist Judy Rebick's experiences as an activist and living with a divided self.
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Nature

Nature

14th May 2021
National Event

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is Nature and SMHAF are marking the occasion with a selection of short films which explore the relationship between nature, mental health and wellbeing!
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Lived Experience

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15th May 2021
National Event

Personal experiences with mental health problems inspired each of these shorts, ranging from animation and experimental film to documentary and drama, part of SMHAF 2021.
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Love Bound + Imogen

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SMHAF are screening Love Bound and Imogen, two raw and compelling documentaries highlighting the challenges parents and families face in supporting young people with severe mental illness.
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Dead Souls’ Vacation

Dead Souls’ Vacation

17th May 2021 - 23rd May 2021
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Dead Souls' Vacation is an absurd, intimate slice of post-Soviet life, this documentary chronicles the relationship between a once popular Georgian musician and his elderly mother.
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Certified Mail

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17th May 2021 - 23rd May 2021
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Certified Mail, the debut film by Egyptian director Hisham Saqr, is about finding inner strength while living with mental illness, catch the UK Premier as part of SMHAF 2021.
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‘Normal?’ Conversations

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18th May 2021
National Event

Join two conversations with artists about subjects related to mental health and 'Normality?', hosted hosted by SMHAF's Andrew Eaton-Lewis.
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FilmMedicine

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19th May 2021
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Grief

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22nd May 2021
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Join SMHAF for a series of screenings, bringing together a diverse collection of stories to explore the expansiveness of grief.
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DOCMA: Filmmaking Workshop

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22nd May 2021
National Event

Come along to SMHAF 2021's DOCMA Filmmaking Workshop on Zoom where rules will be explained and roles allocated!
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23rd May 2021
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