Insight in Mind (2002)

This short looks at mental illness using experiences and voiceovers from real sufferers. Using a raft of media to express their feelings the film tries to get across what it's like for ... See full summary »

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Daniel Saul

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Penny Arnold
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This short looks at mental illness using experiences and voiceovers from real sufferers. Using a raft of media to express their feelings the film tries to get across what it's like for those who feel excluded from society for mental health reasons. Written by bob the moo

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UK

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English

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June 2002 (UK) See more »

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Interesting short looking at mental illness from the point of view of the sufferers
12 October 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This short looks at mental illness using experiences and voiceovers from real sufferers. Using a raft of media to express their feelings the film tries to get across what it's like for those who feel excluded from society for mental health reasons.

This short was shown as part of a festival on mental illness. I recently caught it on channel 4 in the UK. It sets out to get across to the general audience what it's like for those suffering from mental illness. Using street performers, pictures, narration etc it sets out it's stall very well from the start. It's goal is to get it's message across and it does that very well. I felt at the end that although I couldn't claim to understand what it's like to feel that way, at least I had a grasp of what people with mental illnesses must go through day after day.

The use of methods was mixed. The street theatre style opening was a bit arty in a dram student type way for me but it did work, just. The rest is clever with different use of pictures and images. The most effective was a life size papier-mâché doll that was filmed while a narrator spoke over the top about how she felt.

This was very good, simply because it achieved it's one goal of getting across how people feel. Not an easy task with the simplest of subjects. It may have the look of a amateur film and it may fall back on techniques that aren't always well used giving it the look of a student film, but it gets it's point across.

Overall this is more than worth a look - it is interesting and it manages to put a very complicated subject across clearly and in such a way that it isn't simplified. The narrators themselves all suffer and are perfectly placed to tell their story.


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