Voices from Both Sides of the Fence – a screening of short films in London

Emergence¹ is screening a series of extraordinary short films called ‘Voices from Both Sides of the Fence’ – this event forms part of its national fundraising month ‘Open the Parachute’ which aims to create awareness of personality disorder (PD). The event will also raise much needed funds to continue to educate and fight the stigma associated with this much maligned and misunderstood mental health condition.

The films, which will be shown on the 10 November at 6.30pm (for a 7pm start) at The Horse Hospital near Russell Square in London, are made by residents on a number of secure units and will be shown alongside films made by those affected by PD in the community, as well as works by contemporary artists, some of whom are exploring the theme of PD through film- making.

This screening is organised in partnership with Tony Gammidge, an artist and art therapist.

The films all explore a personal narrative and many will touch on the theme of personality disorder. A full list of the films to be screened is included below².

To purchase tickets for this concert go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com – key in the event you wish to attend and follow the instructions on the site.

Notes to editors: the films being screened:

Chester (8 mins) made at Memorial Hospital on a men’s ward. An animation film based on Chester’s story from boy soldier in Somalia to mental illness in the UK.

Art Therapy by Concept and Graft (www.conceptandgraft.com) (8 mins).  In ‘Art Therapy’, a secure psychiatric hospital’s art therapy class members undertake a film project.

Ben (1.40 mins) made at Memorial Hospital on a men’s ward about a romantic liaison.

Missing my Cats by Luz (1 min). Made on a women’s ward, this is a very short and poignant animation film about being separated from what is important to you.

Living in Darkness by Kerry (10 mins) made on a women’s ward. This is an epic and ingenious ‘claymation’ film about abuse, murder, self harm and ultimately redemption.

The Tragic Tale of Tim Grim by Norton Grim (www.tonygammidge.com) (10 mins).  A film made in response to a tragic event that happened in 1957.

Body of Glass Rays by Sam (3 mins) made at the Bracton Centre on a medium secure women’s ward.

Still by Concept and Graft (www.conceptandgraft.com) (7 mins) ‘Still’ is a compellingly beautiful meditation on mental health and identity, love and addiction.

Eternally in the Presence by Agata Cardosa. A film which explores the cultural rituals and beliefs instilled on us from an early age.

The date and venue for ‘Voices from Both Sides of the Fence’ is: Thursday 10November at 6.30pm: at The Horse Hospital, London, WC1 1JD. Tickets are £10; please contact admin@emergenceplus.org.uk for more information.

To purchase tickets for this concert go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com – key in the event you wish to attend and follow the instructions on the site.

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