Drama, Depression, Mental Health Wellbeing
Nicole, a woman in her late 30s who appears to have it all; a caring husband, two children and a good job. But Nicole is suffering from a crippling depression that, due to the stigma attached to mental illness, she is trying to keep secret. Set over 24 hours, elephant shows how a series of otherwise minor events, coupled with Nicole’s dissociation from family and friends, lead her to a state of utter desperation.
Director-Gladys San Juan
Cast & Crew Members
Madeline Appiah, Damian Paul Daniel, Kara Lockett, Noella Mingo, Jude Owusu, Reya Brown, Ivy Davis, Seyi Andes-Pelumi
I have been committed to elephant since first reading Noella’s script more than five years ago. Having suffered with depression myself, I’m well aware of its devastating effect on the sufferer as well as family and friends.
During my research for the film, I was shocked to discover how many people suffered their depression in silence, unable to ask for or accept help.
I believe that by highlighting the hidden pain of depression, the intimate story and powerful performances in elephant, will start an important conversation about how society supports those with mental health issues and encourage sufferers to seek the help they need.
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