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Dolly Sen says: / 30 August 2009

I DO MIND FILMS presents ‘voices from a strange land’

Lurking behind tabloid interest in the mental health crises of celebrities is a vast unease around mental ill-health. The everyday stigmatisation of the Mad affects everyone. Films about madness are usually made by people who have not been there.

Dolly Sen has been there, and is making a travelogue about a place few return from unscathed. Most films about madness turn us into something to be feared or vilified, it does not see the strength of the people who go through it daily and still manage to stand. This film hopes to address that aspect. The film seeks to be a work of art, but also to help dispel the ignorance around this subject matter. The Candid Arts Trust in Angel, London is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for this important film on the experience of psychosis on September 8th 2009 with a night of film music, words, comedy and massage.

Date: Tuesday 8th Sept 2009
Venue: The Projection Room, Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ
Travel: Angel Tube, & Buses
Time: 6pm to 9.30pm
Price: £5
Contact: dollysen70@hotmail.com
Web: http://www.idomind.org.uk/id6.html & http://www.candidarts.com/

Line Up 8 September
3 films about psychosis Dolly Sen – MC

Rai Studley writes about life, love, madness and the little things inside her head that refuse to be silenced. Playing a mix of acoustic guitar-based tunes and some truly breathtaking acapella, her songs have a habit of touching something deep inside you. http://www.myspace.com/raistudleymusic

Madeleine Bridgett is a poet based in Brighton, UK. Born in Sydney, Australia, she worked as a social worker for many years advocating for very marginalised and vulnerable groups of people living on the fringes of society. Having presented at both national and international conferences, Madeleine has been involved in creating change to improve the quality of life for many people.

Madeleine moved to the UK in 2004 and began a career writing and performing poetry. Her poetry is inspired by people and she is fascinated by the human condition. In 2006 she produced her own live chat show which gets filmed for internet broadcast.

Liz Bentley is a mother, writer, poet, musician and therapist. She has been working on the stand up poetry circuit for 6 years. Her experiences include 3 successful shows at the Edinburgh Fringe (last year performing, programming and hosting over 50 shows in Edinburgh’s only swimming pool venue (in the pool!) with artists including John Hegley, Robin Ince, Luke Wright to name but a few). She has hosted and performed at disability events such as DaDaFest, Liberty, Boundless and at mainstream festivals such as Latitude festival, Reading and Birmingham comedy festivals.

“Definitely one of my Fringe highlights” Three Weeks *****
“Like a female Ivor Cutler” The Scotsman
“Bentley is beguiling. Such an exhilarating experience” Chortle

AND MORE TO COME!!! Vjing by the PIMPS OF PERCEPTION

Massage by Paula Bailey

If you cant come, but would like to donate go to http://www.idomind.org.uk/id6.htm
Contact details: Dolly Sen dollysen70@hotmail.com

Keywords: disability art,disabled people's movement,film,mental health,music,poetry,psychosis

Comments

Raju Kumar

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3 April 2010

She is Very nice girl

Crippen

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7 October 2009

Hi Dolly, your comment about 'films about madness are usually made by people who have not been there'runs parallel I think with films about Disabled people generally. Perhaps that's why there's always this edge of unworldlyness about their productions, as if they're filming about some strange alien species that has no real connection with so called normal society. More power to Disabled fim makers I say! :-)