Podcast: The film-maker addressing male suicide

Marilyn Edmond speaks at Scottish Parliament screening of film on World Suicide Prevention Day

Thursday 12th September 2019

CONNECT is the directorial debut of Marilyn Edmond and follow the story of Brian (Kevin Guthrie), a young man battling with his mental health. Outwardly, he keeps calm, goes to work and carries on. He never feels that it's possible to share his feelings, until care home owner Jeff (Stephen McCole) becomes a source of support. A flirtation with single mother Sam (Siobhan Reilly) could be a reason to choose life. Moments of optimism clash with dark despair in this full-length drama, beautifully filmed in the East Lothian coastal town of North Berwick.

On Monday evening the film was screened at the Scottish Parliament to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Afterwards – as the committee room was being tidied – Marilyn spoke to John Macgill about how the film had come about and how difficult it is to get cinemas to screen it.

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