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A successful few weeks for Toynbee Hall and our Moving Pictures project

Published: 21 Jan 2015


Last year Toynbee Hall won a bid to deliver Moving Pictures, a year-long project that brought together a group of volunteers – all with lived experience of mental illness – to write scripts which express and explore areas of stigma and discrimination which still surrounds the words ‘mental health’. From their first meetings to script creation, four dynamic short films were made, along with a making-of documentary.

The films were premiered here at Toynbee Hall, and went on to be screened at Genesis Cinema, in Mile End, and Rich Mix Arts Centre, in Bethnal Green, to packed audiences. The short-films were extremely well received and sparked lively and important conversations and debates in the post-film discussion session at the end of each screening around the stigma of mental health.

As a result of the successful local screenings, Moving Pictures was featured on ‘Headline London’, a lunchtime topical show on the London Live TV channel. Watch the interview with Project Coordinator, Kate Lovell, and one of the volunteer filmmakers, Dele, online.

Due to the support and success of the Moving Pictures project, a new screening is scheduled to take place at Tottenham Talking, on Saturday 24th January, from 12.00pm to 4.00pm, in Tottenham. More details can be found on our events page.