World movie premiere to highlight BPD at Clonakilty’s Park Cinema

Posted on: 9th March, 2015

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

HiNW (a collaborative network of aspiring writers/filmmakers) will screen a number of their short films and music videos entirely shot and produced in Cork, at The Park Cinema in Clonakilty on April 20. The highlight of the night will be the world premiere of HiNW’s new film ‘Waves’.

Written by Clonakilty native Claire Lamb, ‘Waves’ hopes to highlight what it can be like to live with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder, or Emotional Dis-regulation Disorder as it is now often called). Claire herself suffers from the condition; one of the most un- or mis-diagnosed conditions globally. More people suffer from BPD than from Bi-Polar or Schizophrenia, yet funding for it is far, far less.

BPD sufferers find it difficult to keep their emotions in check; feeling very low, they frequently self harm or feel suicidal. There is no drug treatment for BPD, however a course in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy can be beneficial. Offered to some but not all, Claire was one of the lucky few to avail of this course and it has proved extremely helpful in managing her condition.

The film ‘Waves’ draws on Claire’s own experiences. She hopes to bring awareness of the condition and also to lessen the stigma associated with mental health issues – those who know Claire know how open she is about her mental health, but too many sufferers feel they cannot talk about their mental illness lest they be judged as weak, or shunned by friends and family.

As well as showcasing ‘Waves’ and other work by HiNW, all of extremely high quality and using talented actors from Cork, the screening night will double as a fundraiser for mental health charities; who will receive 100 per cent of all ticket and programme sales. There will also be a raffle on the night with some great prizes.

Programme of film includes:

The trouble with Aoibhe (currently doing a tour of US universities); Music Video for The Service (a Cork ska band); Dirty Work; Comic Potential (this will be only the second screening of this film, shot in Bantry and set to feature at many international festivals); Sleepover (the only short film to appear at both Cork film festivals last year); Pavel’s Lament 10. Same Old Song and Dance (a wonderful animation, already on it’s way to screenings at festivals in Asia); Breaking the Code (world premiere); This Emptiness (world Premiere); Waves (world premiere).

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