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Possible Worlds Encore: 20 & 21 April 2012

constant glimmers of hope, escape routes and pathways to human dignity.”

If you missed it during Mental Health Awareness Week – now is your chance to get along to reTHiNK Possible Worlds for the encore performances at The Basement Theatre. Performance poetry, dance, film and music tell the story of several characters as they navigate the maze of life and rethink their possible worlds.

Theatre review called it “Well padded and full. It was like eating a good meal: not so much that we are sore, not so little that we are still hungry”

Don’t just think it is the same thing again though…

This time there is The New Worlds pre-show with some of Auckland’s up-and-coming performance artists including the winner of the youth Rising Voices poetry slam. Plus The Literatti’s invention The Time Machine becomes the newest member of the Possible Worlds cast.

What is The Time Machine? you ask. The Time Machine is an interactive, video installation that allows you to super-impose real-time video of yourself into a projected visual landscape and manipulate the images. The Time Machine debuted at Splore in February, made its second appearance at First Thursdays in March and makes itself firmly at home among Auckland’s leading performance poets in April with reTHiNK Possible Worlds, the encore performance.

Tickets are $10 on the door. Find out more on Facebook if you swing that way!

All proceeds go towards fund-raising for The Literatti to take reTHiNK Possible Worlds to Melbourne in October for a Trans-Tasman Mental-Health Awareness Week event as part of The Like Minds Big reTHiNK.

Director of Mental Notes Radio Interview 27 March 2012

Mental health radio Take It From Us brings you details about the latest documentary movie about psychiatric New Zealand, which launches this Saturday. Guest Jim Marbrook, producer and director of Mental Notes, a movie about the country’s psychiatric “bins,” talks about “the bad old days of mental health care in New Zealand,”  and the stigma linked to it.

Mental Notes launches at Rialto, Newmarket, this Saturday @ 6pm.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget our new Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type take it from us in the search box; our email is takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

World Cinema Showcase: Mental Notes

The Like Minds, Like Mine team at Mind and Body Consultants is extremely excited to announce that Mental Notes will be screening in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch as part of the World Cinema Showcase.

Mental Notes is the latest documentary from Jim Marbrook, who received a 2011 reTHiNK Grant to help bring this powerful film to the New Zealand public.

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19 March 2012:  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Documentary gives voice to psychiatric hospital survivors

The secret, often shameful history of New Zealand’s psychiatric hospitals is laid bare in Mental Notes, a new feature-length documentary by award-winning filmmaker Jim Marbrook.

Screening as part of the upcoming World Cinema Showcase, Mental Notes is a “gently affirmative” film, according to Bill Gosden, director of the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Featuring the testimony of five survivors of the “very bad old days of mental health care in New Zealand”, it “honours their endurance and enables their stories to emerge from the shadows and leave their indelible blemishes on our social history,” says Gosden.

Jim Marbrook’s interest in the subject was prompted by earlier work he’d done with people who’d experienced mental health difficulties, much of which he drew on for his award-winning 2005 documentary Dark Horse.

“I realised there was a kind of hidden social history in the memories of those who went through our old mental institutions, colloquially called ‘the Bins’,” says Marbrook. “These stories were so strong I realised I needed to find a way of telling them.”  With a grant from the Frozen Funds Trust, Marbrook undertook a three-year odyssey during which he crisscrossed the country, visiting every ‘Bin’ ever built, ploughing through mountains of archival material, and interviewing survivors of what was an often inhumane system. The interviews, in which former patients recall their experiences with (in Gosden’s words) “dismay, disbelief and a touch of gallows humour”, form the heart of the film.

One of these survivors is Anne Helm, who observes that “for many, the path to healing is about accepting that things have happened”.  In 2005 Helm served as a panel member of a Government-appointed confidential forum for former patients that heard corroborated evidence of poor practice and abuse in the old psychiatric hospitals.

“The saddest thing about doing the Confidential Forum for me,” says Helm, “was that at the end of that process, where people gave so much of their souls, really, we made a very thorough report.

“That report was given to the Government in a real hope that there would be some formal recognition and there never has been.”

Mental Notes enables the voices of people too long ignored to finally be heard. It also provides a prism through which the success or failure of today’s mental health services can be judged.

About the World Cinema Showcase

From the organisers of the New Zealand International Film Festival, the World Cinema Showcase is an annual collaboration between the NZ Film Festival Trust and enterprising exhibitors in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. Now in its 14th year, the Showcase screens an important mix of intelligent features and documentaries in Auckland (from 29 March), Wellington (5 April), Dunedin (19 April), and Christchurch (26 April).

World Cinema Showcase session details for Mental Notes:

  • Please note the venues in which Mental Notes is playing have limited seats, so booking tickets well in advance is advised to avoid disappointment.

Auckland

→   Saturday 31 March, 6pm, Rialto Newmarket [click here to book for this session]

→   Sunday 1 April, 1:50 pm, Rialto Newmarket [click here to book for this session]

→   Monday 2 April, 11:30am, Rialto Newmarket [click here to book for this session]

→   Sunday 8 April, 4 pm, Bridgeway Cinema [click here to book for this session]

Wellington

→   Friday 20 April, 12pm, Paramount Cinema [click here to book for this session]

→   Saturday 21 April, 6 pm, Paramount Cinema [click here to book for this session]

Dunedin

→   Monday 23 April, 6:15 pm, Regent Theatre

→   Tuesday 24 April, 11:15am, Regent Theatre [click here for Regent bookings]

Christchurch

→   Saturday 5 May, 5:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre

→   Monday 7 May, 12 pm, Hollywood Theatre [click here for Hollywood bookings]

11 October on Take It From Us radio

Be stimulated to rethink your own world, and its possibilities on Take It From Us tomorrow. Rethink Possible Worlds is a Mental Health Awareness Week event of dance, music, poetry, visual art and film. Hear how such creativity can improve our mental health, and boost our journey through “the maze of life.” Members of the cast of reTHiNK Possible Worlds visit the studio to discuss their upcoming show with host Sheldon Brown.

Tune in @ 12.30pm every Tuesday, PlanetFM104.6.

Take It From Us is live on the web at www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus (click on Listen Live)

or visit www.likeminds.org.nz if you want to catch up with any of the latest four shows.

An Unmissable Mental-Health Awareness Week Event

reTHiNK Possible Worlds

We are all human beings navigating the maze of life.

Emerging and established talents from five different creative fields come together in a one hour collaborative display that is sure to leave even the most cynical amongst us uplifted.

A cross-genre collaboration of ambitious proportions – Dance, live music, performance poetry, visual art and film are interwoven to tell the powerful story of multiple characters as they navigate their way out of mental unwellness and rethink their possible worlds.

Get your tickets now!

Featuring

Only three chances to see the show across two days during Mental Health Awareness Week

  • 8:00 – 10:00 pm Friday October 14th |
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm Saturday October 15th |
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm Saturday October 15th 

At Galatos, Main Room, 17 Galatos Street, Auckland Central

Tickets just $10 from The Literatti’s website, with limited door sales available for each session.

Take the Facebook Quiz to find out which reTHiNK character YOU are! 

reTHiNK Possible Worlds: The Quiz, The Screening & The Final Show

The Literatti are the proud recipients of a reTHiNK Grant to use creativity to help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental ‘illness’ in Auckland. 

Members of the public were invited to create their own video responses to the theme “We are all human beings navigating the maze of life.” The best submissions will be screened at Corban Estate Art Centre on September 17th at 4 pm and will open the reTHiNK Possible Worlds shows at Galatos in Mental Health Awareness Week. 

For the final show, dance, poetry, film and music are interwoven to tell the story of eight characters as they navigate their way out of madness and rethink their possible worlds.

Visit The Literatti’s website for everything you need to know about reTHiNK Possible Worlds

You can even take the  reTHiNK Possible Worlds Facebook Quiz

and find out what reTHiNK Possible Worlds character you are.

Invite your friends to try it out, share your result on your page and help change public attitudes about mental health and the human condition. 

We are all human beings navigating the maze of life. 

Share your perspective with reTHiNK Possible Worlds

Possible Worlds Youtube Competition Flyer

Be part of reTHiNK Possible Worlds with The Literatti and you could win an awesome IDEOS X5 Smartphone worth $500 thanks to 2Degree mobile!

The main point is being part of a powerful project for social change, but you also get a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work and your perspective, as well as the chance to win a flash new piece of technology to help you stay connected!

All you need to do is make a video response to the statement ‘We are all human beings navigating the maze of life’.

You can make anything from a simple journal-piece in front of your web-cam to a moving image work of art, a spoken word performance piece, a music video or a short film.

Entries close on September 11th – so it’s time to get creating!

Visit www.theliteratti.com to check out the reTHiNK Possible Worlds guidelines and upload your entry.

Proudly funded by a 2011 reTHiNK Grant from Like Minds, Like Mine at Mind and Body Consultants Ltd.