Posted: Tuesday 8th October 2019
  • In support of World Mental Health Day and social movement ‘Time to Change’, award-winning designer Steuart Padwick and director Dan Henshaw release film ‘Talk to Me’ to encourage conversations about mental health
  • Film is inspired by Steuart Padwick’s 5-metre-high ‘Talk To Me’ sculptures which were created to provoke conversations about mental health, and displayed at King’s Cross as part of London Design Festival
  • The film features a stellar cast including Christopher Eccleston, Tom Goodman-Hill, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Niamh Cusack and Adam Kammerling

In support of World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10th October, award-winning director Dan Henshaw has collaborated with Steuart Padwick to create a powerful three-minute film in a bid to provoke conversations around the nation’s mental health and wellbeing. (Watch the trailer here) It shows us the simple message that through communication with one another, the weight so many of us carry can be lessened.

The film is named after Steuart Padwick’s ‘Talk To Me’ sculptures, which were situated along King’s Boulevard in King’s Cross, London, in September as part of London Design Festival. The sculptures were designed in support of Time to Change, a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.   As passers-by approached these giant, breathing, cuboid wooden figures, a proximity sensor was triggered, and they began to voice poignant and uplifting words. These words have been repeated in the film.

Telling the story through this mix of writers, poets, actors and mental health recovery ambassadors, Henshaw has crafted a beautiful three-minute  film mixing framed steadicam and long-lens filming, intercut shots of the sculptures and performers with abstract imagery of the surrounding architecture and environment – the graphic lines of cranes against the sky; the throngs of people pouring down Kings Boulevard – to show the chaos of the city as a metaphor for mental health. The film includes a stellar cast

including Christopher Eccleston, Tom Goodman-Hill, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Niamh Cusack and Adam Kammerling.

Talk To Me premiers on Tuesday 8th October at Everyman King’s Cross and will then be shown across a host of independent cinemas, including Barbican, Arthouse, Olympic, Archlight, Genesis, Electrics, Rio, Peckhamplex, Broadway Nottingham, Tyneside, Watershed Bristol, Depot Lewes, Cultureplex Manchester from 9th October ahead of World Mental Health Day.

The Talk To Me film is sponsored by Soho House and Kings Cross and  produced by Citizen Films.

Steuart Padwick said “Many of us carry issues and burdens that hold us down and hold us back. For some, these are crippling, and for others they even lead to taking their own lives. These burdens can start so young and appear insurmountable, unresolvable. But so often, communication is the key to unlocking the journey forward.”

Dan Henshaw said: “It was an honour to work on Talk To Me with Steuart Padwick, which combines such a powerful message with beautiful, striking immersive pieces of art. By featuring Christopher Eccleston, Niamh Cusack, Tom Goodman-Hill and others it will help us reach a wider audience, and the film will resonate with as many people as possible as it deals with issues that affect so many of us.”

Jo Loughran, Director, Time to Change, said: “We know that being open about mental health, and ready to talk and to listen, can change lives. We’re thrilled to be a part of Talk to Me, which will act as an unmissable reminder of the power of hearing and being heard. You don’t have to be an expert to talk – just being human, empathetic and caring is enough.”

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