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 was 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 and Executive Producer Gretchen Shoring, 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 – we show the chaos of the city as a metaphor for mental health.
Gretchen Shoring, Exec Producer said: “Doing justice to this subject with only limited resources was a real challenge for our production team. Fortunately we were able to reach out to some incredibly talented creatives who gave their time, kit and resources for nothing to make a film we are really proud of.
Dan Henshaw, Director said: “It was an honour to work on the project, which combines such a powerful message with beautiful, striking immersive pieces of art. By featuring Christopher Eccleston, Niamh Cusack, Tom Goodman-Hill and others it will help us reach a wider audience, and the film will resonate with as many people as possible as it deals with issues that affect so many of us”.
Jo Loughran, Director of Time To Change said: “We know that being open about mental health, and ready to talk and to listen, can change lives. We’re thrilled to be a part of Talk to Me, which will act as an unmissable reminder of the power of hearing and being heard. You don’t have to be an expert to talk – just being human, empathetic and caring is enough.”
Time To Change: is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems. The campaign is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands more organisations have joined to make change happen. For more information go to www.time-to-change.org.uk
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