“Overload” A Film that documents the pains of mental health issues

“Overload”

A Landmark Documentary Film tipped for many awards

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 A Drawing by William Ball

The film is about how modern day living in South London affects people’s senses; sight, hearing, taste, touch, thought processes, feelings, memory and sense of space.

 

The dangerous games that children play

The dangerous games that children play

 

The film uses people’s accounts of mild to severe effects of ‘Overload’, what triggers it, how it affects their lives, how it makes them feel and what they do to cope with it. 

 

Sasha's "Choice Of  Straws" a dangerous Game Poem Acted out the reality by the Blackheath Youths

Sasha's "Choice Of Straws" a dangerous Game Poem Acted out the reality by the Blackheath Youths

 
Overload is directed by Ivan Riches working in partnership with people who suffer from mental health distress, that attend various projects or volunteer at CoolTan Arts.

 

Ivan Riches with Camera expert Romen for a live shootout

Ivan Riches with Camera expert Romen for a live shootout

Commissioned by David Savill, Artistic Director, Age Exchange. The screening includes a short film documenting the making of Overload made by Simon Purins.

“Making of it”

Abuse in childhood is the cancer that kills the innocents grwing up

Abuse in childhood is the cancer that kills the innocents grwing up

 

The film is introduced by Stuart Bell, Chief Executive of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

 

Late realization of the past sharpens the present pains

Late realization of the past sharpens the present pains

Overload is part of Hearts and Minds, a major three year creative arts and reminiscence programme for people who use mental health services in South London. Throughout the 3 years of activity Age Exchange, is developing major projects in creative care working across Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon.  The programme is funded and supported by South London and Maudsley Charitable Funds.

 

With a song in my heart

With a song in my heart

Film maker Ivan Riches said “I have worked with some extremely creative and courageous people. ‘Overload’ is a film that will crack the walls of stigma.”

One of the film’s participant said “I think our film project (Overload) has achieved an opening of minds, a lowering of barriers, reduction of fear in peoples minds. ”

 

David Savill, Artistic Director, Age Exchange commented “I am really impressed with the creativity and courage shown by the company that has both shared very personal and difficult memories, and learnt important new skills in film making and editing as part of the production process for “Overload”.  Make no mistake participants have shown real courage in sharing their personal struggles with overload.  They have done so in order to challenge the stigma attached still tomental illness’, and to empower others who experience overload to feel they are not alone, and can find a voice through creativity”.

Stuart Bell, SLaM’s Chief Executive, said: “I’m very pleased to be introducing Overload at the film’s premiere. SLaM Charitable Funds are proud to be supporting Hearts and Minds. It is an important programme that provides people in South London with mental health issues access to creative activities and initiatives that can directly benefit their wellbeing.”

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