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Development   /  Michi Marosszeky

Woven Threads

Beautiful and powerful animation, sharing mental health stories by celebrating moments of hope in a persons life.

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Impact areas

ARTS

HEALTH & WELLBEING

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Michi Marosszeky

  • PRODUCER Paul Sullivan

Synopsis

DURATION: 64 MINUTES

Woven Threads is an animated eight-part series dedicated to telling stories of our shared humanity. In these four-minute episodes, these human stories come to life in beautiful and powerful animations, designed to elicit empathy and understanding. It is the human and not the experience that is central.

We believe empathy is the key to understanding, and understanding is the key to accelerating change.

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14.00% funded
  • $400,000.00

    FUNDING GOAL
  • $56,000.00

    FUNDS RAISED
  • August 2020

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Despite continued efforts to de-stigmatise mental health issues, they are often still denied
or hidden. With 45% of Australians likely to have a common mental disorder in their lifetime,
Woven Threads aims to bring the conversation of mental health to the foreground - to start
accelerating dialogue and change.

This series will bring us one step closer to de-stigmatising mental health issues in Australia by giving mental health sufferers the opportunity to share their stories and experiences with a public audience. We aim to increase awareness around mental health and mental health issues, as well as engender hope and courage in those who are struggling.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Our vision is to create a Social Good Platform that sparks conversation and empowers people to act, in the hope that it will affect social and political long-term change. Woven Threads is pioneering a new form of communication, a form of storytelling that is blurring the divide between education and entertainment. It began with the first series about refugee’s, Woven Threads – Stories From Afar. Now we are embarking on the next stage, by providing a voice for those suffering from mental illness.

Outcomes

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

Our goal is to highlight the impact of mental health on Australians, their families, friends and colleagues. We want to empower and equip a wider audience with the knowledge, tools and an understanding of mental health issues so they may act sooner to address their own mental health or support someone they know and care about who is struggling with their mental health. By working with Black Dog Institute and education departments across Australia, we hope to create a body of work that helps bring awareness to issues of mental health early on, before they reach a critical stage.

By sharing these stories we have the opportunity to positively impact people experiencing poor mental health and their peers through evocative, visually stunning images overlayed by the voice of real people, sharing their stories, exposing their raw vulnerability and courage.

We hope to break down barriers, reduces stigma, empower and inspire all who watch.

Stakeholders

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

We have created a partnership with Black Dog Institute, one of Australia’s most reputable institutions when talking about Mental health. We are working with Katherine Boydell who specialises in knowledge translation, a practice which takes large research documents and transforms them into a form of artwork which is then performed or shown. It has been extremely exciting to realise that the work we have been doing is so similar to knowledge translation and understand how the two cross paths. In this way we are able to make sure the project is as relevant as possible, with practical applications for research in the future.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

Our vision is to create a Social Good Platform that sparks conversation and empowers people to act, in the hope that it will affect social and political long-term change.
The action we hope to see is earlier recognition of people in need of support, more understanding in the general population about mental health issues and better awareness of how to address these issues or be of support to someone. We hope that by watching these films viewers will identify themselves or members of their communities that are struggling and by hearing the brave, vulnerable and courageous accounts they will not feel alone. They will have the confidence to ask for help, to find someone they can trust to talk to, and by taking these actions feel empowered to positively affect their own life and mental health. The difference between receiving early intervention and requiring critical life saving care is immense; socially, emotionally and financially.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

There are several different indicators for the success of this project, in series one the films have been in competition at many Oscar qualifying festivals overseas and here at home. Most recently the series has been nominated for an Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts. A measure of success will be continued nominations for series one and new nominations for series two once it is complete.

Educationally having the first series in schools is something we would look to repeat with series two and continuing our work with Black Dog Institute would be extremely important. A measure of success will be the continued use of series one in schools where it is currently available, the rollout of series one into new jurisdictions and the eventual rollout of series two across these jurisdictions.

For us to really know we have achieved our impact vision, organisations would start looking to us to acquire the project for their organisations or region.

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