By Kate Hole – Reporter
From 5th to 9th October the 1 in 4 film festival will be hosted at UCLan’s Mitchell & Kenyon cinema in Foster building for the 9th year running.
This is to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2015 which is on Saturday 10th October. There will also be showings at the Burnley campus on 13th & 14th October.
The 1 in 4 film festival was started by Phil Blundell; a previous lecturer at UCLan, is the only service user/carer led film festival in the UK. With their tagline of ‘Mental Health is Everybody’s Business’ the festival aims to draw awareness to and reduce stigma, shame, and discrimination around the fact that one in four of us will experience mental health problems during our lives.
Each night a different film will be shown at 7pm along with an introduction from either a mental health services user affected by the issues explored in the film, or by someone who specialises in them.
Films are then followed by a debate which the audience are encouraged to take part in to discuss the film and themes of mental illness with the service users, carers and specialists. The choice of films aim to explore the effects of mental health on an individual and on the wider society. They examine how mental health issues are a social disability and how people can find themselves excluded from mainstream society. Using music and film as a means to stimulate discussion around mental health issues and to educate and inform the audience by focusing on the characters and stories within the film. They believe this is important because mental health issues often come up in the media with quite negative connotations and they want to bring more awareness and understanding of the wide diversity that comes within the mental health remit
Admission is absolutely free and open to everybody, including service users, carers, students, academics and the general public.
This year’s films will be:
Monday 5th October 2015 – Song for Marion – an upbeat film focusing on music as therapy.
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Side Effects – a thriller concerning medication and mental health.
A short film will also be shown: ‘Homeward Bound’ a film showing the impact of a person returning to a family after a prison sentence.
Wednesday 7th October 2015 (matinee)- Cathy Come Home – a woman’s struggle with poverty.
Wednesday 7th October 2015 (evening) – Wrinkles – an animated film portraying friendship and peer support in a care home between residents.
Thursday 8th October – K-PAX – a doctor’s quest to determine whether the patient is delusional or actually an alien.
A short film will also be shown: ‘See Saw’ about being a young carer
Friday 9th October – As Good as It Gets – A romantic comedy that highlights the difficulty of learning to love by someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
The film festival has been organised with the help of the staff, students and also COMENSUS (community engagement and service user support) and SUCAG (service user and carer advisory group), the service user and carer teams based at UCLan. Their aim is to educate the public and raise awareness of mental health issues.