Regent Cinema stages premiere of film focus on mental health

Film makers, performers and cinema staff.
Film makers, performers and cinema staff.

AN ABSORBING look at mental health issues and the stigma surrounding them was wrapped up in a series of short films premiered recently at Leven’s Regent Community Cinema.

‘Harbour Steps’ was the collective title for four pieces – ‘Lost’, ‘Fighting Rio’, ‘Look At Me’ and ‘Trapped’ – made by web broadcast firm Channel Fife TV and funded by See Me, which campaigns against discrimination felt by people affected by mental ill-health.

The scripts were based on the real experiences of people afflicted directly or peripherally by mental illness difficulties.

Two stories, ‘Look At Me’ and ‘Trapped’, were filmed in Leven and Anstruther, while some of the participants, from both sides of the camera, also talked candidly about their experiences.

‘Harbour Steps’ was also shown in Dunfermline to complement this month’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, while local MSP David Torrance hopes to arrange a screening at the Scottish Parliament.

Joan Bree of See Me told Leven’s audience the achievements of all involved in the film should be celeberated, and it was a very forward-looking project.

Pictured left are some permformers, film makers and cinema staff at the Leven premiere. 4012021