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October 2, 2008

Film about depression wins international awards

A film about depression by a first-time director has won a clutch of awards at film festivals, and praise from the Samaritans charity.

Mike Rymer made Sick, a 15-minute short, after discovering that one in four people in the UK experience mental illness during their lives.

Samaritans, the mental health charity, advised Rymer, 29, on the script and is backing the film. The charity’s PR manager, Mike Cobb, said it was a powerful depiction of how people are affected by mental health issues.

“It is a compelling and moving work that will resonate with its audiences,” he said. “The film represents a journey that Samaritans volunteers know only too well.”

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