Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2016

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Infinitely Polar Bear Infinitely Polar Bear
Infinitely Polar Bear and Rocks In My Pockets
An Angel At My Table (Country: New Zealand, Australia, UK; Year: 1990; Director: Jane Campion; Stars: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson)
Based on New Zealand author Janet Frame’s autobiographical work, this film depicts her at various stages of her life. Afflicted with mental and emotional issues, Frame grows up in an impoverished family and experiences numerous tragedies during her youth, including the deaths of two siblings. Later, she finds acclaim for her writing while in a mental institution, and her success helps her move on with her life.
Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story (Country: UK; Year: 2015; Director: David Street; Stars: Graeme Obree)
A documentary about one man and his bike.
The Carer (Country: UK; Year: 2016; Director: János Edelényi; Writer: Gilbert Adair, János Edelényi, Tom Kinninmont; Stars: Brian Cox, Anna Chancellor, Emilia Fox, Coco König, Karl Johnson, Selina Cadell, Andrew Havill, Roger Moore, Richard Ridings, Andor Lukáts, Emily Bevan, Ruth Posner, Maitland Chandler, Adam Morris, Paul Bown)
An ageing actor strikes up a relationship with his Hungarian emigre carer.
Dan And Margot (Country: Canada; Year: 2015; Director: Jake Chirico, Chloe Sosa-Sims; Writer: Chloe Sosa-Sims)
Margot believes she is being stalked and tormented by someone named Dan, but discovers she has schizophrenia. Now, she struggles to build a life as a young independent woman, while trying to reclaim the years she lost to the disorder.
David (Country: Czech Republic; Year: 2015; Director: Jan Těšitel)
At age 20, David is increasingly aware of how his mental illness influences his parents’ behaviour. So one evening he decides to run away to Prague...
The Carer The Carer
The Carer and Dan And Margot
A Family Affair (Country: Netherlands, Denmark; Year: 2015; Director: Tom Fassaert)
When Tom Fassaert’s 95-year-old grandmother invites him to visit her in South Africa, all he knows about her are his father’s stories about the 1950s femme fatale who put her two sons in a children’s home. An unexpected confession makes things more complicated than he could have ever imagined.
Infinitely Polar Bear (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Maya Forbes; Writer: Maya Forbes; Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Beth Dixon, Keir Dullea)
A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility for their two young daughters.
It's Kind Of A Funny Story (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck; Writer: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Ned Vizzini; Stars: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Aasif Mandvi), Official Site
A New York teenager with suicidal tendencies strikes up friendships when he finds himself placed on the hospital’s adult psychiatric ward.
I Wish I Was That Bird (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Jeffrey Krolick; Stars: James Condos)
A candid and intimate portrait of outsider artist James Condos. Filmed over a period of three years, the documentary follows James as he reveals his childhood trauma, meets other outsider artists, tries to sell his work and seeks to find his place in the community.
Love & Mercy (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Bill Pohlad; Writer: Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner, Brian Wilson; Stars: Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald, Joanna Going, Dee Wallace, Graham Rogers, Tyson Ritter, Brett Davern, Nikki Wright, Erin Darke, Diana Maria Riva, Max Schneider)
A look at two periods of the life of Beach Boy Brian Wilson.
Wild Wild
Wild and Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story
Me A Belgian, My Mother A Ghanaian (Country: Ghana, Belgium; Year: 2016; Director: Adams Mensah)
At the age of 14, Adams travels to Belgium to live with his father. Three years after he leaves, his mother suffers a major stroke. Adams returns to Ghana six years later in search of his mother to seek answers about what has contributed to her present state of health.
Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey Of Chamique Holdsclaw (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Rick Goldsmith; Stars: Blythe Duff, Kern Falconer, Anna Hepburn)
The story of basketball phenomenon Chamique Holdsclaw, the “female Michael Jordan”, from her rise to WNBA stardom to her struggle with mental illness and the strength she called on to speak out about it.
Mamma Mia! (Country: UK, US, Germany; Year: 2008; Director: Phyllida Lloyd; Writer: Catherine Johnson; Stars: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried, Nancy Baldwin, Rachel McDowell, Colin Davis), Official Site, Trailer
When her daughter wants to get married, Donna has to explain that any one of three men could be her father.
The Mother (Matka) (Country: Poland; Year: 2014; Director: Lee Mackintosh Jones; Stars: Magdalena Czerwinska, Julia Kijowska, Olaf Marchwicki)
Abandoned by his father, nine year old Artur finds himself in a state-run orphanage. As his increasingly desperate mother searches for him, he starts to overcome the harsh realities of the orphanage with help from his kind carer Anna.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (Planes, Trains And Automobiles) (Country: US; Year: 1987; Director: John Hughes; Writer: John Hughes; Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Michael McKean, Kevin Bacon, Dylan Baker, Carol Bruce, Larry Hankin, Edie McClurg, Matthew Lawrence, Ben Stein)
Steve Martin and John Candy try in vain to get home in time for Thanksgiving.
Touched With Fire Touched With Fire
Touched With Fire and The Road Within
The Road Within (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Gren Wells; Writer: Gren Wells; Stars: Zoë Kravitz, Dev Patel, Robert Patrick, Robert Sheehan, Kyra Sedgwick, Ali Hillis, Matt Riedy, Cooper Roth, Eric Matheny, Ross Gallo, Louisa Kendrick, Jayce Dempsey)
A Tourette's sufferer goes ona road trip with his doctor and a couple of other troubled youngsters.
Rocks In My Pockets (Country: US, Latvia; Year: 2014; Director: Signe Baumane; Writer: Signe Baumane; Stars: Signe Baumane)
An animated film exploring living with illness.
Seven Songs For A Long Life (Country: UK; Year: 2016; Director: Amy Hardie)
A passionate and touching film that follows the journey of six hospice patients who, encouraged by one music-loving nurse, choose to sing through tender, vulnerable and funny moments of their lives.
Shoulder The Lion (Country: US, France, Ireland, Poland; Year: 2015; Director: Erinnisse Heuer, Patrick Rebisz)
A blind photographer questions the power of images in our visually saturated culture, a hearing-impaired musician is forced to give up his dream of the stage, and a brain-damaged boxer and painter searches for her new place in life.
Touched With Fire (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Paul Dalin; Stars: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti)
A drama about two bipolar patients who feel their poetry is fuelled by emotional highs and lows.
It's Kind Of A Funny Story It's Kind Of A Funny Story
It's Kind Of A Funny Story and I Wish I Was That Bird
Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Country: Sweden; Year: 2016; Director: Johanna Wagner)
Capturing the indomitable Chris Young in his efforts to live with and raise awareness of borderline personality disorder, this creative and intimate portrait paints a complex picture.
Wild (Country: US; Year: 2014; Director: Jean-Marc Vallée; Writer: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed; Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman, Charles Baker, W. Earl Brown, Kevin Rankin, Brian Van Holt, Thomas Sadoski, J.D. Evermore, Nick Eversman, Leigh Parker, Mo McRae, Beth Hall, Cathryn de Prume)
Adaptation of the best-selling memoir of Cheryl Strayed, a young woman attempts the gruelling 1,100-mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail.

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