Following the ABC television premiere of documentary film The Show Must Go On, we will be presenting a Wellness Roadshow, that will tour nationally over the next twelve months.
The Wellness Roadshow event will take place in Sydney on Tuesday 29 October 2019 at the NSW Parliament House Theatrette. This is a free event and will include a screening of the film, followed by a panel which will be moderated by Monica Davidson and will include Ben Steel (writer/director), Julie Crabtree (psychologist), Dean Ray (musician) and Julia Edwards (Entertainment Assist). The panel will discuss the issues raised in the film along with tools and resources available to individuals. Afternoon tea for all attendees will follow.
To continue the conversation the Wellness Roadshow will tour nationally facilitating further screenings, conversations, panels and events with the aim to increase awareness of mental health issues within the entertainment industry.
The Show Must Go On is the first film to tell the story of the mental health of the 42,000 people working in the Australian arts and entertainment industry. While ‘show business’ is often seen as glamorous, fun, exciting and well paid, recent and alarming world-first research from Entertainment Assist and Victoria University paints a darker picture for entertainment workers. Anxiety symptoms are 10 times higher, sleep disorders are 7 times higher and symptoms of depression are 5 times higher than the national average. Suicide attempts in the industry are double the national average.
This film follows former Home and Away actor and debut documentary filmmaker Ben Steel on a soul-searching investigation into why are there so many arts and entertainment workers developing and struggling with mental wellbeing issues. Ben shares his intimate experiences living with depression and anxiety for the past few years, and along the way, we are witness to his intimate conversations with key creatives and crew, actors, dancers, musicians, performers- many of them household names - who have likewise struggled and how they have survived.
While this film may not reach and save every life, we hope it will have enough impact to at least save one, and that it will spark much-needed conversations about mental health.
Time: 2.30 - 5.00pm,
Date: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Venue: Theatrette, NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney.
The Wellness Roadshow would not be possible without the generous support of Film Victoria, Creative Victoria, Screen Australia, Stage and Screen, Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, Sidney Myer Fund, Andyinc Foundation, The Arts Wellbeing Collective, Entertainment Assist and Village Roadshow Limited. Additional partners of this event include WIFT NSW, MEAA, Casting Guild of Australia, Screen Producers Australia, Australian Writers' Guild.
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