About You Don't Spell It - Film about Depression and Suicide
Project 2016-04-02 16:10:00 +1300
I suppose I want to make this film because it's something that I struggle with. I mean, don't get me wrong it's not like I'm going to do it any time soon, I don't even think about it all the time. I wouldn't say I'm depressed but there is a certain emptiness.
I guess I just want to create something real. Something that people can relate to. I know how hard it can be to talk about because I know I've never talked about it before. Really I think the only way it is going to work is if we film them as conversations with me. I don't think that I would be able to get people to look at a camera and say 'oh yeah, I've tried to kill myself' or 'thought about offing myself? Yeah all the time.' It is definitely a more sensitive topic than that.
I had a look at the numbers the other day and when it comes to suicide stats our country is getting worse and worse. It made me think, if that is how shit the numbers are of people actually doing it then image how many people are thinking about doing it, or have tried to do it and not told anyone.
The name of the film is based on a Winnie the Pooh quote about love. Piglet asks Pooh Bear 'How do you spell love?' to which Pooh responds, 'You don't spell it, you feel it.' I know for me that of the times that I have actually considered just ending it all, it has been because no matter how hard I've tried, I haven't been able to feel love. That and I've always loved the Pooh stories.