Lights, camera, action against discrimination

HARBOUR LIGHTS: Glenrothes actor DT Wilson in one of the filmed plays
HARBOUR LIGHTS: Glenrothes actor DT Wilson in one of the filmed plays

A COLLECTION of five short dramatisations produced by local film company Channel Fife TV are hoping to some way towards tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental health issues reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

The initiative called the Harbour Lights Project sees the TV company get together with mental health awareness organisation- ‘See Me’ for the production of five, 10 minute fictional dramas that have been scripted from the real life experiences of suffers.

The project pulled together the skills of a number of actors from across the region as they delivered the hard-hitting scripts tackling difficult issues including schizophrenia and agoraphobia.

Glenrothes actor DT (Derek) Wilson was one of those involved and told the Gazette: “I acted in a number of films before, most recently the miner’s story- The Happy Lands which is due for release in June and was happy to be part of this project.

“I was lucky enough to be chosen in two of the features including ‘Lost’ with Gina Kerr.”

Graeme Campbell from Channel Fife TV explained how the project came together: “We were awarded £3,500 from the ‘see me’ local Grants Scheme and set about forming a number of workshops and it was eventually filmed and edited by people who have experienced a mental illness.

“It was shot like a contemporary soap opera and when we have finished the last aspects of production we plan to premier the collection at Fife cinemas and on the internet.”

And the finished project could also be in line for a prestigious showing the Scottish Parliament.

Fife MSP David Torrance has backed the project having visited the film set and is now hoping to secure a screening of the finished product at Hollyrood.

He explained: “I am hopeful of sponsoring a screening for MSP’s as it’s vitally important to recognise the impact mental health issues have on not only sufferers but also the wider society as a whole.

“Often they are ignored by social groups and by supporting the Harbour Lights project it will hopefully give a more sympathetic understanding to the varying mental health issues and therefore help to reduce the stigma often attached.”