Friday, January 06, 2017

Mental health film in Riverbank

A one-night screening of a film in the Riverbank Arts Centre will deal with the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues, writes Brian Byrne.

The film, ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ will be presented on 18 January at the Centre and the night will include a post-show discussion on the issues raised.

The film is on a limited nationwide tour and tells the Boston-based story of Cameron, struggling with bipolar disorder and how this affects his wife and family when he loses his job and is hospitalised.

The film is written and directed by Maya Forbes and draws on personal experience of being raised by a father with bipolar disorder. It is both poignant and humorous, and ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ has been described as a ‘refreshingly positive depiction of living with mental illness’.

The film’s ‘First Fortnight’ tour is being supported by the See Change Campaign. Pictured at the launch of the tour are Rick Rossiter (ambassador for See Change); Orla Barry (CEO of Mental Health Ireland); John Saunders (director of See Change); Dr Shari McDaid (director of Mental Health Reform); David Keegan (co-founder, First Fortnight); Edel Fortune (programme manager, St Patrick's Mental Health Services) and comedian GrĂ¡inne McKeever. Artwork, Cubist Jelly, by Dublin artist Emma Sheridan features on First Fortnight's promotional material.