After being released from hospital, a conflicted twenty-something struggles to reconnect with her family following a failed suicide attempt.
‘Antelope’ is a short film based on writer/director Ben Grace's experience of being sectioned at Antelope House after a suicide attempt in 2012, and his struggles to re-establish relationships with his family after being released.
Ben Grace worked with local NHS providers to ensure that this film was an accurate representation of mental health services in Southampton. With the permission of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, he filmed the opening scenes inside Antelope House, the secure PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) he recovered at in 2012. This film has the full blessing of local NHS service providers.
Antelope has been screened at numerous film festivals across Europe, including as part of Ideas For Wellbeing, an evening of short film and discussion of mental health, an event co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and Touch Network as part of Southampton Film Week. In addition Antelope has screened at Excited Orange Mental Health Film and Arts Festival, Meglio Matti Che Corti and has been longlisted for Best British Short Film and the Hampshire Award at Winchester Short Film Festival.
“Southern Health is proud to support the making of the film ‘Antelope’. As an organisation, we are always striving to contribute towards innovative and creative ways in which we can continue to tackle stigma and discrimination that can be associated with mental illness. Through working with people with lived experience, we’re able to co-produce different materials and media that raises awareness and helps contribute to a community where mental health is more easily spoken about and supported.”
- Sarah Leonard, Acute Care Matron, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
"I struggle to find the words to describe what Antelope means to me. It is a real, honest and beautiful portrayal of what it is to be human - with or without a mental health struggle. It treads the fine line of hope and despair that many of us battle with on a daily basis. It has touched my soul deeply."
- Debs Carter, Touch Network
“Taking its name from a Southampton psychiatric intensive care unit, Antelope depicts with sensitivity and humanity the impact of a sudden descent into mental health crisis on a young woman and her family. In doing so, it shines a welcome and much-needed light on the challenges faced by many in our society who live daily with mental health issues.”
-Kevin Gardner, Solent Mind
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Awards / Screenings
Ennesimo Film Festival 2017
Meglio Matti Che Corti (pending)
Excited Orange Film Festival 2017
Winchester Short Film Festival 2017
Best British Short Film (Longlisted)
Hampshire Prize (Longlisted)
Southampton Film Week 2017
Ideas For Wellbeing Screening with Q&A Panel