1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. On World Mental Health Day, we are proud to present the short film “Talk To Me”, for cinema release in support of the Time To Change campaign.
Sponsored by Soho House, the film features Christopher Eccleston, Tom Goodman-Hill, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Niamh Cusack, who are among over thirty writers, poets, actors and mental health ambassadors to have collaborated on an art-led piece by Steuart Padwick. All wrote and recorded deeply personal poetry about the importance of communication for mental health.
Two sculptural figures – each standing 5.5 metres tall – were installed in King’s Boulevard, King’s Cross, during the London Design Festival. The aim was to remind passers-by that the burdens so many of us carry can be reduced through communication. The poetry formed part of the installations.
Like the sculptures, the Talk To Me film needed to be creatively bold. Led by the award winning Director Dan Henshaw, we crafted a poetry-led narrative journey around the sculptures. With the graphic lines of cranes against the sky; the throngs of people pouring down Kings Boulevard – the chaos of the city provides a metaphor for mental health issues.
CREDITS | Executive Producer Gretchen Shoring | Director Dan Henshaw | Cinematographer Alfred Thirolle | Composer Andrew Hale | Producers Kelly Ford, Claire Northcott, Tess Gomm | Stills Photographer Tim Cole | Steadicam Operators Torquil Fleming-Boyd & Rafal Rakoczy | 1st ADs James Dyer & Laurent Durham | Focus Pullers Dan Shoring & George Phull | 2nd ACs Matt Lewis & Catharina Scarpellini | Gaffer Jeff Celis | Sound Recordist Tam Shoring | Production Assistant Taran Lehal | Runner Harvey Lehal | Editor Joseph Henshaw | Colourist Richard Fearon | Sound Design Richard Spooner | Equipment courtesy of FAVA Rental, Pro Light London, Shoot Blue | Post production courtesy of Trim Editing, Black Kite Studios, Goldcrest Post Production.