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See Me Proud presents: Mental Health Shorts

October 4, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Free - £8
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We know that mental health issues disproportionately affect LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities, who often experience difficulties in accessing support. To create space for discussion and representation of these topics, we’ve curated a collection of insightful and powerful shorts in partnership with See Me Proud. Topics covered include depression, anxiety, loneliness, irrational thoughts, living with bipolar disorder, medication, and queerphobia encountered whilst obtaining treatment. The films incorporate a diversity of identities and styles, including animation, experimental, documentary, and sci-fi.

Followed by a discussion on themes raised in the films with See Me Proud. With refreshments sponsored by Clever Kombucha.

Tickets are priced on a sliding scale £0-£8 depending on what you can afford. To book, please use the button below or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

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This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 15+.

Films have English and Chinese audio with English language subtitles/captions. The discussion will be BSL interpreted. Hearing loop available.

Films are moderately accessible to English-speaking blind and partially sighted audiences with mostly English language, some explanatory dialogue and voiceover, and/or relatively bright images. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users, gender neutral toilets, and welcomes assistance animals. Click here for CCA’s Accessibility Guide.

A Quiet Space and programme content notes will be available. Click here for a list of content notes for the 2019 Festival.

Comfy seating (bean bags) are available. If you would like to reserve this, please contact access@sqiff.org.

We have a limited travel fund to assist people to come to the Festival for those who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for this, please contact access@sqiff.org.


In order to make SQIFF more accessible to those on a low income, we use a sliding scale ticket price of £0-£8 for our events. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – you won’t be asked for any proof / ID, we just ask that you are honest! Our ticket sales go towards supporting the vital work of LGBTQ+ filmmakers, artists and organisers. If you have a free ticket and can no longer use it, please contact the relevant venue box office to let them know so it can be used by someone else. For more info on what you should pay, click here.


Don’t Blame Jack (29m)
Dir. Dale John Allen, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Don’t Blame Jack follows newly diagnosed manic-depressive, Jack, as he battles with the thought of life without his beloved ‘mania’. Now on a daily cocktail of anti-psychotics and anti-depressants, Jack searches for the adrenaline-fuelled, extraordinary manic highs in the most ordinary of places. He escapes his drab, routine-filled existence by jumping into the arms of strangers, searching for moments of magic.

Content note: Depiction of sex including light BDSM, nudity, self-harming scars, and blood; discussion of mental health issues including self-harming and violence; brief reference to suicide.

Hanging by a Thread (3m)
Dir: Russell Atkinson, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Hanging by a Thread is director Russell Atkinson’s final BA Animation film, highlighting the struggle of loneliness and irrational thought.

Content note: Depiction of mental health issues; animated, abstract depiction of violence.

My Crazy Boxers (9m)
Dir. Krissy Mahan, Country: USA, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Suicidal, or a working class butch caught in the wrong underpants? A re-enactment of an actual interview at a mental health facility.

Content note: Discussion of mental health issues including brief reference to suicide; depiction of queerphobia.

My Room 37 (14m)
Dir. Beatrice Wong, Country: Hong Kong, Year: 2018, Language/s: Chinese, English
Will I stay or will I leave this room that has felt the best? A brief first-hand account of my darker days in depression, journeying through my tangled thoughts to the exit.

Content note: Depiction of mental health issues, mild violence, and nudity.

Turning (2m)
Dir. Linnéa Haviland, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Voices in a crowd stir violent emotions and microaggressions bring up past traumas. Then a turning shifts the emotional landscape…

Content note: Depiction of mental health issues.


October 4, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Free - £8
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