Illuminate @ Cork Film Festival

| November 10, 2015 | Comments (0)


The 60th Cork Film Festival presents its mental health strand, Illuminate, which is a film and discussion series that explores a wide range of mental health topics. Illuminate is now in its second year and proved to be hugely successful last year.

Topics in the programme this year are depression and homelessness with  films such as Good Girl. Good Girl is an autobiographical documentary which explores Norwegian director Solveig Melkeraaen’s journey through acute depression. It focuses on the weight of her depression not only on herself but also on her loved ones. It also looks at the controversial topic of Electroconvulsive Therapy.

Heidi Schneider is Stuck is another screening within the series. It tells the tale of Heidi who has a seemingly perfect life. She has a loving husband, a beautiful son and is about to embark on an adventure. After suffering a debilitating panic attack, the balance of their happy lives becomes much more fragile. The film deals with Heidi’s battle with her illness and her dependency on medication and highlights an issue that could interrupt any of our lives.

Dead when I got here (pictured) is a moving film about Josué who was cast out of the streets of Juarez, Mexico into the desert and dumped in a mental asylum run by its own patients. It’s a tale of sorrow and hardship but also one of healing and redemption.

Dead When I got here screens  Thursday, November 12th at 6pm in the Triskel Christchurch.

Good Girl: Friday screens Friday,November 13th at 4pm in the Triskel Christchurch.

Heidi Schneider is Stuck screens  Saturday, November 14th at 1.30pm in the Triskel Christchurch.

There will be post screening discussions after each film with a selection of industry experts such as Dr. Peter Byrne (University College London), Ann O’Connor (Arts and Minds), Richard Walden (Scottish Mental Health Film Festival) along with many other specialists in the field.


View the full programme for Cork Film Festival 2015.


View the digital brochure here.



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