We are proud to announce the release our award winning short film, Into The Surf on World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th September 2017
The biggest killer of men in the UK under the age of 45 is not cancer or road traffic accidents, but suicide. This is the mind-blowing statistic that prompted my desire to make a film around the seldom discussed topic of suicide in young men.
Findings by mental heath research bodies and charities suggest a contributing factor in such alarming statistics could be the cultural and social barriers that prevent men from reaching out when they are struggling. It goes to the very heart of gender conditioning and the misguided pressures around manhood – to always appear “strong”, to hide one’s emotions and never admit weakness or failure. Into the Surf taps into this theme. The result being a poetic reflection on the power and heartbreak of words unsaid and the importance of ones’ own voice.
Much research into depression and suicidal feelings shows that by opening up to people, asking for help and discussing your emotions is a key element in recovery, whether this is with trusted friends, family or professionals. We hope our film can aid an important cause and encourage people to get talking when it comes to mental health. As more people discuss the issue and their own experiences with mental heath, the closer we come to removing the stigma often associated with it.
Director, Into the Surf