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Equinox ‘Nine Lives’: write, design & film

The brief:

To create an engaging audiovisual exhibition for World Mental Health Day, combining stories about people’s life experiences and achievements, with their insights about mental ill health and recovery. This project was launched by the Deputy Mayor of London at City Hall.

The results:

  • Worked with 9 Equinox service users and 4 Equinox services, to capture audio content. Audio recording sessions took place in 3 recording studios in London.
  • Devised narrative structure for Equinox ‘Nine Lives’ – 3.5 hours of audio content reviewed and edited down to 13.5 minute piece, retaining authenticity of stories and depth of characters.
  • Directed team to deliver additional audiovisual content for the piece, including: portrait photography, original music, motion graphics and moving images.
  • Worked with City Hall & Camden Libraries to show the piece: City Hall on World Mental Health Day and Holborn Library for a 3 week exhibition.
  • The City Hall event was opened by Deputy Mayor, Victoria Borwick, with the Equinox ‘Nine Lives’ film being introduced by the Chair of Equinox’s Board and 2 Equinox service users. This event also featured speakers and contributions from The Mental Health Foundation, SANE and many other London-based mental health organisations.
  • Screened film at the GovKnow 3rd Annual Mental Health Conference – “Equinox Nine Lives was one of the most interesting parts of the day” (feedback from GovKnow).
  • Screened film at Norfolk County Council Mental Health Conference.
  • Distributed film via social media platforms of leading national mental health campaign, Time to Change.
  • Distributed Equinox ‘Nine Lives’ as a mental health resource.
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