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A BBC Scotland commission, which looks at the life and sporting achievements of Scottish World Cycling Champion Graeme Obree, wins a new film competition award; The Jury Prize Winner at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival film competition.
The winning film, to be screened at the Festival Film Showcase (9th Oct) in the Grosvenor Cinema, aims to not only celebrate Obree’s achievements as being the greatest athlete in his sport and tell his life story, but to give the viewer an insight into someone dealing with mental health problems in a very public forum.
Producer Nick Low says "Demus Productions are thrilled to win this award. It was a privilege to work with Graeme Obree and we are grateful for his honesty. Graeme was overwhelmed by the positive response from fellow sufferers who praised his courage in talking so frankly, helping to lower the public stigma surrounding his illness. It is terrific that the film director Russell Walker's vision of dealing with such a difficult subject on screen has be recognised in this way, and that we have been able to highlight the lack of support for the families of people with mental health problems."
Joint producer Stuart Rivens also said that winning this award was ‘Better than a Bafta!”
Almost 50 independent films, including shorts starring Kate Dickie (Red Road) and acclaimed author Irvine Welsh, were submitted to the Festival Film Competition. Winning entries will be screened together at the Festival Film Showcase (9th Oct) in the Grosvenor Cinema whilst other highly commended films will accompany feature film screenings throughout the week as part of the diverse film season.
Film plays a vital role in engaging both hearts and minds and the first Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival embraces this powerful medium with a series of short, feature and documentary screenings exploring creativity and mental health with interesting post-film discussions with experts, film-makers, celebrities and mental health speakers.
For further information or an interview with a spokesperson please Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival press officer: Pamela Clarke on 07966 312013 / [email protected]