Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival launches programme
SMHAFF 2015 line-up includes Kathryn Joseph, Matt Haig and RM Hubbert
The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival has announced the theme for this year's event, and, drum roll please: it's 'Passion'. Looking at the programme, which features over 300 events and was announced in full today, it would seem that there's a lot to be passionate about indeed.
The festival features everything from performing art to theatre, film, music and literature, with some big names on the bill this year. Heading up the performing arts programme is In Her Shadows, a new visual performance piece from A Blank Canvas & Jabuti Theatre along with director Cora Bissett, as well as productions of The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller and Descent by Linda Duncan McLaughlin.
Music-wise, there's a performance from SAY Award winner Kathryn Joseph to look forward to, as well as as a gig from singer-songwriter RM Hubbert. There's also a new Turntable project from Michael John McCarthy attached to the festival, which sees a series of events take place throughout October, with the aim of 'reclaiming music as a communal experience.'
The festival is renowned for having a strong film stream, and this year looks set to be no different. There will be UK debuts for Dancing With Maria, a documentary about a 90-year-old dance teacher in Buenos Aires, and The Silence of the Flies, which explores a suicide epidemic in the Venezuelan Andes,
Other films to look out for include Dead When I Got Here, which looks at life in a mental asylum which is run by its own patients, The Closer We Get, an autobiographical documentary from Karen Guthrie, and Signe Baumane's new animated feature, Rocks in My Pockets.
The festival opens on World Mental Health Day (Sat 10 Oct), and takes place across Scotland until the end of the month.
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Sat 10 Oct-Sat 31 Oct, various venues across Scotland