Sun, 06 Oct | The Backlot Studios

TIMBA Melbourne Mental Health Film Festival 2019

Inspiring, informative and entertaining films from award winning film makers on the theme of mental health.
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TIMBA Melbourne Mental Health Film Festival 2019

Time & Location

06 Oct 2019, 6:00 pm
The Backlot Studios, 65 Haig St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

About the Event

Welcome to the Melbourne Mental Health Film Festival.

This Is My Brave Australia Inc is a charity organisation dedicated to promoting a national conversation around mental health.

Through the telling of lived experience stories, live on stage or through film, we endeavor to break the stigma surrounding mental illness.

We have collected films from all over the world that:

  • Provide and inspiring voice for social justice and human rights
  • Highlight positive contributions made by mental health consumers
  • Fight Stigma and defies stereotypes
  • Share real life stories

This screening is a retrospective of films shown during the 2018 Canberra Mental Health Film Festival.

Session 1 PTSD 12:10 start

What It Feels Like Steven Fraser 3 mins

A short animated documentary that investigates voice hearing. Small boxes that contain flip book style animation are presented to show the emotion that people who hear voices feel.

Calm in Chaos Tracey Cochrane (Canada) 1hr 4 mins

A documentary focusing on those front-line servicepeople dealing with PTSD.

Gentle Mentals Veronica Padilla 2 mins 19 sec (Animation)

We created these relatable animals with issues to lighten this heavy conversation. Laughter is healing and also a great ice-breaker. If we can smile and speak more openly about something that touches so many, we’d all be better for it.

Session 2 OZ Films 13:40 start

James is Grandiose James Hartley 5 mins 32 sec

An autobigraphical short about James Hartley’s attempt to make a feature film and instead making a film about his mental illness.

Pressure Hannah Deans 9 mins

Anxiety & I Blake Skuse 12 mins 23 sec

Nathan has a constant companion that gives him advice, even when he doesn't want it. Anxiety.

But Honey, You Look Fine Jennifer Leonforte 10 mins 11 sec

Follows the first steps to recovery my best friend Gabby must take in her self-authored take on life with bulimia.

Beware of the Sad Man Benny Goldman (Animation) 3 min 50 sec

A man battling depression is faced with a happy-go-lucky whose attempts at cheering him up dont seem to be making any difference.

Happy Android Jainal 24 mins 51 sec

Melbourne Street performer Paul Cooper brings joy to audiences around the world with his endearing roving act Tubby the Robot, yet he struggles to find joy within himself.

Session 3 Best of international Shorts 13:00 start

Neighborrow Martin Fournier (France) Comedy

The neighbor showing up at eight o’clock in the morning in her bathrobe, that’s normal for you?

DokumenTRATE Renato Švara, Gašper Markun (Slovenia)

Documents the camp The Art of Deinstitutionalisation that was organised in the spring of 2017 at the castle Cmurek in Trate that gave a voice to the residents of mental health institutions. For a week they were not patients but artists.


A lonely teenager inadvertently makes a real human connection when he shuts down his Youtube channel after haters attack him.

The Little World of Emilie Mehdi Noblesse (France)

Emilie is a remarkable person, funny and lovable, but at the same time capricious, sulky and stubborn. At the Centre, almost all of her day is ritualized: work, meals, her schedules… but of what use are these rituals to her? What meaning does she give them? What can she say about them? But above all, what can these rituals say about us?

A Light In The Darkness Shane Campbell (Ireland)

When the number of suicides off a harbor in a small town starts to rise the community of the town band together and form a watch that they hope will stop the growing epidemic.

Session 4 Melbourne Premiere includes Q&A with film maker Nigel Deans 16:45 start

Bigly Yellow Nigel Dean

A documentary, 20 years in the making, of a Melbourne jazz musician’s life battling mental illness.

  • Session #1 PTSD 12:00
  • Session #2 OZ Films 13:40
  • Session #3 International 15:00
  • Session #4 Bigly Yellow 16:45
  • All Sessions Ticket $35

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