Film project to sup­port men­tal health char­ity

West Sussex County Times - - People News - Jas­min Martin ct.news@jpi­me­dia.co.uk

An in­de­pen­dent film and doc­u­men­tary pro­duc­tion com­pany in Hor­sham is team­ing up with a char­ity to raise aware­ness of men­tal health and PTSD.

Fact Not Fic­tion Films will be cre­at­ing short film Find­ing Wil­son in part­ner­ship with The Lucy Rayner Foun­da­tion and will be­gin film­ing in West Sus­sex in Au­gust.

The cast in­cludes ris­ing star Darcy Ja­cobs, who last year won the Best Young Ac­tress Award at the Birm­ing­ham In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

Tris­tan Lo­raine, Fact Not Fic­tion Films chief exc­u­tive, said: “Writ­ten by Viv Young, Find­ing Wil­son is a great script that al­lows us to work again with the ris­ing star Darcy Ja­cobs.

“We have an in­cred­i­ble crew vol­un­teer­ing to make this im­por­tant short film. The film will fur­ther raise aware­ness of men­tal health, PTSD and the in­cred­i­ble work of The Lucy Rayner Foun­da­tion.”

Those work­ing on the project have cre­ated a Crowd­fund­ing page to fund the mak­ing of the film af­ter agree­ing to work for ex­penses only in or­der to raise aware­ness and to sup­port the char­ity which Jenny Rayner founded af­ter her daugh­ter, Lucy, took her own life in 2002 at the age of 22.

The foun­da­tion and aims to raise aware­ness of the signs and symp­toms of de­pres­sion in young adults through education and cam­paign­ing, to fa­cil­i­tate change in the way men­tal health is per­ceived by so­ci­ety, and to help pre­vent young peo­ple tak­ing their own life.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive for the Lucy Rayner Foun­da­tion Jenny Rayner said: “Film is such an im­por­tant way to stim­u­late dis­cus­sion about such an im­por­tant pub­lic health is­sue.

“We are de­lighted to be the char­ity part­ner for this film project and we can’t wait to see the fin­ished film.”

Fact Not Fic­tion Films, es­tab­lished in 2006, has a his­tory of mak­ing films on pub­lic in­ter­est is­sues.

Its lat­est doc­u­men­tary re­lease Every­body Flies in­ves­ti­gates the air you breathe on planes and last year the com­pany re­leased ‘Miss­ing a Note’, a short film rais­ing aware­ness of de­men­tia.

The film had a se­lected the­atri­cal re­lease with Ev­ery­man cin­e­mas and was submitted for con­sid­er­a­tion to the 2020 Academy Awards.

Fact Not Fic­tion Films is hop­ing to once again sub­mit this new film to the Academy Awards with the aim of get­ting more peo­ple to talk about men­tal health, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing th­ese dif­fi­cult times.

The crew work­ing is now fo­cus­ing on find­ing some­one to cast as the role of a for­mer mil­i­tary para­medic in her late 20s, while Lily Grimes has been con­firmed as the di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy.

Lucy was run­ner up of the Bri­tish So­ci­ety of Cin­e­matog­ra­phy (BSC) Emerg­ing Cine­matog­ra­pher award in 2019 and re­cently won an RTS award.

To sup­port the project crowd fund­ing ap­peal, visit https://www.crowd­fun­der. co.uk/find­ing-wil­son-short­film

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.find­ing­wil­son.com or find ‘Find­ing Wil­son’ on Face­book.

The new short film is be­ing cre­ated by Fact Not Fic­tion Films

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