Short-Film Spotlights The Realities of Depression

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The short-film MIRAGE is an experimental visual poem centered on depression and the stigmas that surround it.

Writer, director, producer and editor, Justine Patterson, suffered from severe depression and it was only through reading and writing poetry that she found solace.

After conquering depression and realising her dream of becoming a filmmaker, Justine says that she was determined to use her “God-given passion and talents for cinema to be a voice who could speak up for others who are in too much pain to speak for themselves”. By combining multiple art mediums she wanted to create a visceral experience for viewers, to place them right in the centre of the chaos and emptiness that is inside someone suffering with depression.

I created MIRAGE to be a place of solace for those who have depression and a place of revelation to those who misunderstand the mental illness. – Justine Patterson (filmmaker)

Watch MIRAGE below.



Feature Image courtesy of Sean Sinclair via Unsplash

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