Riverina film fighting youth suicide announced finalist in The Mindscape Film Festivalvideo
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The film features local Renate Millonig in a lead role and extras from CSU’s drama school. Picture: suppliedIan Thomson grew up “an urban child of a country family”, looking up to histhree cousins living on the land as “tough and capable.”
Tragically, two of them took their own lives before they reached 25.
“Looking back theywere never given a way to express themselves emotionally,” Mr Thomson said.
His short film The Invisible Edge, shot in and around Wagga,explores male suicide and mental healththrough a tale of two brothers. It’s nowa finalist in the international Mindscape Film Festival.
The film was inspired by his personal experience, and the shocking toll of suicide on regional communities.
Regional backdrop to film fighting stigmahttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/m9EXD5V55pyRiKvnw7Re4A/94a5a244-9f6d-4169-9028-8dd5e2ab4103.jpg/r5_0_1915_1079_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgAn exploration of the tragic toll of suicide in regional may be on the way to LA.The Invisible Edge, Mindscape Film Festival, youth suicide, mental health, rural suicide, male suicide2017-07-21T17:30:00+10:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5515192652001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5515192652001The Invisible Edge trailer Suicide rates for 15 to 24-year-olds are at theirhighest rate in 10 years with youth in regional and remote areas at higher risk.
Mr Thomson believes“narrative fiction can influence social issues.” He hopes the film may be a more subtle medium toencourage conversation and promoteawareness of a crippling issue inrural areas.
“In regional areas there can be an avoidance of seeking help as people don’t want to give themselves away,” he said.
“But a film might start a conversation.”
The Invisible Edgefeatures local talent, including Renate Millonig in the role of the mother and extras from CSU’s drama school and has a background of Junee, Illabo,Wagga and The Rock.
It can be viewed and voted for online until August 3.
The winner will be screened in Los Angeles with 11 other films exploring mental health issues from around the world.
Mr Thomson is hoping to screen the film in the Riverina in the coming months.
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