The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. The annual festival takes place in venues across Scotland this month and aims to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.
Here’s our top 5 events coming up this month at the Festival…
10th Oct – See Thru Sam @ Platform
The story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary life, See Thru Sam is a coming-of-age comedy dealing with parental death and first love. A heartbreaking, life affirming comedy about life, love and being a total loser. Read more.
18th Oct – Robot And Frank @ The Glad Cafe
This warm drama is a humorous but moving take on dementia. Ex-convict Frank begins to lose his memory, and his children become concerned that he can no longer live alone. In lieu of placing Frank in a nursing home, his son Hunter buys him a robot companion. Read more.
18th & 19th Oct – SMHAFF & Aye Write Presents @ Mitchell Library
The written word has a unique role to play in exploring the many different facets of mental health. From the redoubtable Alasdair Gray to Denise Mina, the 2013 literary events programme on the theme of ‘reality’ promises to demonstrate just how many of our ideas about ourselves can be wrapped up in words. Read more.
20th Oct – Running From Crazy @ GFT
Double Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple directs this documentary following actress Mariel Hemingway, grand-daughter of the late Ernest Hemingway. Mariel sets out on a personal journey as she strives for understanding of her complex family history of mental illness and suicide. Read more.
26th Oct – Tiger @ Tramway
Tiger is the story of a family who have ceased to function; a girl who longs for someone to play with, a mother who has forgotten what it’s like to go outside and a father obsessed with success. A family whose everyday world is turned upside down when a tiger comes to stay. Read more.