Students harness film to explore mental health
The 24 January Premiere at Cinema Nova was a special night for Open Channel’s student filmmakers with the debut screening of their two short films examining media and mental illness issues, Medication Time (horror/comedy short film, image to right) and Media and Mental Illness (short documentary).
The films were the accumulation of three months hard work and creativity for the students who all experience mental illness. The unique training program was funded by Doutta Galla Community Health, the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and supported by television training organisation Open Channel, and Penguin Artists.
The project involved students, volunteer crew, actors, industry professionals, and trainers.
Doutta Galla CEO Dianne Couch expressed her enthusiasm for the project: “Congratulations to the students on their films and completion of Certificate III in Media (Filmmaking); a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment. This is a fantastic outcome that will open up further opportunities for them. We also look forward to working with our partners to offer other community projects in the future.”
“The CPE project screening was a great result and I was really impressed by the quality of work, and the achievement of the students. The drama film was certainly a strong and highly accomplished short film. Open Channel is proud to have been part of this partnership and this valuable program”. Jennie Hughes, Former Executive Director of Open Channel, Executive Producer of films such as Dirty Deeds, Crackerjack, Bad Eggs, Gettin Square and International Sales Agent Macleods Daughters.