The short film is made by and about people who have been diagnosed with symptoms of psychosis. It's made on almost no budget and is quite captivating.
As a therapist, I appreciate the insight into the mind state we have defined (culturally) as psychosis.
Below the text from the YouTube page, I am including the "spiel" from their website.
Published on Jun 6, 2014
This powerful documentary features moving first hand accounts of psychosis. From three young people, who have shown the strength to not only share their stories but do so in an insightful and articulate manner. The film was predominantly made by someone who has experienced psychosis and has therefore been constructed from a unique perspective and understanding.
Society is constantly being charged to understand mental health, but truly explanatory and relatable resources are hard to come by. What we hope you take the time to witness, goes some distance in doing so. As well as their experiences and understanding, the participants share how they have dealt with the enigmatic affliction that is known as psychosis.
Zero budget and quadruple handed crew. Littered with animations, visual segues and odd humour. Riddled with mind blowing newsreel footage and unbelievable headlines.
You have not seen anything like this before.
Comments, criticism and curiousness all welcome.
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A free download pack is available, featuring a psychotic guide to viewing the film, a DVD image ready to burn, illustrations, articles, and other fragments of the film-making process. Follow this link.
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From the film's web page at Insipid Media:
After ten months in the making, hoovering smoke, breaking mirrors, hundreds of hours of hard thought and hard work; behold! A short documentary entitled ‘Simon Says: Psychosis’. One that I’m truly proud of making and one I urge and wish you have the time to view. I’ve written a small spiel to entice you into watching it below this very paragraph. Be sure to check out the Psychotic guide to viewing the film, “What is that?” you retort? Click here to find out, or here. Or here.
So here is the spiel…
Contrary to certain short sighted slogans, mental health isn’t just about those who have a problem. We all have mental health and thus the potential to develop mental ill health. Therefore it is vital that we take the time to understand, explore and talk about it as much as possible.
How absurd is it, that school teachers can talk about war, death, sex, drugs, violence, crime and other graphic subjects but not mental health? A circumstance of our own anatomy. Purely because at present time, it is not in the curriculum and they risk losing their jobs by straying from it. As a society, we are constantly being bombarded by organisations and campaigns that tell us we have to ‘understand’. But how often and how well do they actually offer anything to actually help people to ‘understand’?
By making this documentary as ‘one creature beyond’ a mere information video (endeavouring to sneer at such). I hope the viewer to feel as entertained as they are moved, as captivated as they are enlightened and as illuminated as they are confronted with any morsel of ignorance they may have around Psychosis. Which if you are like me (in terms of limb count etc) might be substantial.
Which, brings me to that word, one that I was given by a model created by those who have never experienced psychosis but are largely responsible for defining it. With that in mind, if you are looking for a more primary source on what ‘psychosis’ is? how it feels? or what it means? then look no further. Personal stories convey a lot more than a medical definition. I challenge anyone to dispute this, even more so after watching the film.
So, if you’ve gotten this far, you not only owe it to your anatomy, you owe it to your species to watch and take a step to ‘understand’. Plus, there lies some cool animations, newsreel footage and funny stuff in wait, for the uninitiated to feast on. In all seriousness though, I promise that this is unlike any ‘mental health video’ that you may have seen before. On top of that, it’s a hot topic right now, so what have you got to lose?
A large exertion has been made to make the film as detailed as possible, such a complex subject demands a certain amount of layering beyond the spoken word; visually, structurally, symbolically and thematically. In an effort for these… efforts to not be banished to subtlety, a ‘psychotic guide’ has been written for the viewer. To be found in the download pack below or by itself here. If you're intrigued or bewildered at what is meant by the term ‘Psychotic guide’ there is only one way to find out.
Free download pack follow this link (scroll down and click slow download) or click this link instead
To download just a movie file follow this link and click “slow download” at the bottom of page. [NOTE: this download will take 4-6 hours]
- A ready to burn DVD image
- Psychotic guide to viewing the film
- Illustrations from Helen Ahpornsiri
- A ‘shocking’ list of stigmatising mental health headlines (cited and referenced)
- Fragments of the filmmaking process
- Full satirical articles from the spinning newspapers (easier reading than pausing the film)
P.S. As always, be sure to follow @insipidmedia on twitter, but check out the film’s dedicated twitter account here for all sorts of pictures, graphics, GIFs and more… Maybe even say hello?
Please note: the film exists for free as a resource and tool for the purpose of education more than anything else. Nevertheless, let it be stated that it may not be used for any commercial purposes in full or in part.