The UK Premiere of the film Trigger-ed attracted rave reviews from guests invited to attend the screening.
Sixty guests booked to attend the three screenings at South Kent Mind’s Folkestone Resource Centre, with the majority giving the film five star reviews.
Trigger-ed tells the tale of Terrence who suffers from poor mental health and is tormented by the voice in his head – the character Trigger. After secluding himself from the outside world, he is forced to leave his home and step out of his comfort zone. With Trigger ever-present this proves an enormous challenge for Terrence.
The film was written and Directed by Tyson Green with Trigger played by Ricky Yates of Folkestone. Five members of the cast and crew attended the premiere and answered audience questions after the screening.
Local Mind charities across the country are to offered the chance to hold their own regional screening and to use the film as a resource for discussion groups.
The film has earned critical acclaim being named Most Inspirational Film at the New York Movie Awards and being named a winner at the Hollywood International Golden Age Festival.
Gina English: “The film was great at demonstrating how overwhelming everyday tasks can feel when you are struggling with your mental health. I can see a lot of people who don’t suffer with poor mental health coming away with a better understanding of what people may be going through.”
Cllr John Wing said: “It has a very good ending and shows there is help and hope.”
Toby Barton said: “Brilliantly made. You couldn’t portray the protagonist any better.”
Belinda Walker of Folkestone Town Council said: “Really good – the story was simply told in a powerful way.”
Kate Matthews said: “Really powerful film. It made me cry – simply brilliant.”
Lee Woods: “Excellent short film. Strong message and delivered well.”
Jan Henry said: ” Really powerful film. I work with people of all ages and many have mental health issues so seeing a portrayal of how they might be feeling really helps me – and I’m sure others – to understand and empathise.”
Martin Cooper said: “Very good portrayal of mental health issues.”