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BROMLEY: Light after Dark

Art saved his life, but that’s just the beginning of David Bromley’s story…


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  • DIRECTOR Sean McDonald

  • PRODUCER Clare Plueckhahn & Cathy Rodda



David Bromley found that art appeased the voices in his head and helped him find beauty in the world. So he made the life-changing decision to commit his whole being to something meaningful.

Light after Dark takes us into the world of this prominent Australian artist. With intimate access, we peel away the layers of anxiety, phobias and suicide survival, whilst embracing the humour, energy, and love that is ever-present in the Bromley world. David’s journey is not complete without his wife Yuge and it’s through this powerful partnership that we witness firsthand the fragility of David’s world and state of mind. As the Bromley's live their authentic lives, interviews with friends, critics and musicians add perspectives and insight on creative process, mental health, and commercialisation of art.

Ultimately Light after Dark is a love story for the ages and a rousing exploration of life and creativity. As David himself says, “art saved my life”. But that’s just the beginning of this story…

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

This film seeks to give insight to the healing power of art and creativity. Through the prolific artist David Bromley, we discover how someone who wanted out of this world transformed into someone who contributes so much to it. Each year 1 in 5 people experience mental illness in Australia. By exploring the effect art has on our lives and communities, we aim to inspire creative exploration to help forge a better future for those suffering from mental illness.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

We would like to see a world where people living with a mental health illness can find comfort and healing in art and creativity. Through our protagonist David we witness the wisdom of a twice suicide survivor, who has learnt to not only overcome his demons, but to see them as a springboard to something more meaningful. With this representation of a positive mental health story we hope to inspire, educate, and increase support and visibility to the healing power of the arts.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

• A better understanding of issues people face with mental illness, leading to greater empathy and support.

• Raised awareness of the healing power of the arts and its community worth.

• Amplification of relevant messaging of our impact partners.

• Engagement with decision makers to invest in mental health and the arts.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

• Throughout our campaign, on social media and in our credits we will include a call to action message, sharing resources and amplifying messaging of mental health organisations that we align with, to either provide support, or an opportunity to donate.

• Within our theatrical release, we will arrange special event screenings that feature Q&A’s with David Bromley and Sean McDonald, allowing in person conversation, inspiration and promotional/outreach opportunities.

• Following our theatrical release we envision community impact screenings with special interest groups.

• We will create educational resources for use in schools, particularly for art programs, and at tertiary level, eg as a guide for Arts Therapy programs.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Our aim is to create partnerships with a major mental health organisation and key charities / programs / resources that use art as a form of therapy.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

• Empower individuals to share their experience, consider art as a form of healing and seek help where needed.

• Encourage individuals to take action in supporting organisations in the mental health space and the arts; by increasing visibility, research, volunteering or donations.

• Show support to our campaign on social media.

• Individuals and organisations to host their own community screening.

• For the film to be used as an educational tool in the secondary school system.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?


• Growth in social media reach.
• Number of impact partners.
• Box office
• Number of community screenings.
• Number of Australian media reports about the positive impact the arts' have on mental health illness.


• From focus groups and Comments on social media.
• Increased curiosity and empathy.
• Behavioural change by individuals at the micro level.
• Feedback from impact partners.
• Increased reach of key messaging around mental health, especially as relative to creativity.
• Raised awareness amongst secondary school students of the healing power of creativity and how to embrace this collectively and individually in managing stress and other mental illnesses.