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The Light Inside

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A short documentary film about surviving mental illness

About



The Light Inside is a new short documentary film by director Jesse Daniel Lawrence. Made in association with The Victoria Wood Foundation and Bath Mind, produced by Harry Knight.


The Story

The Light Inside is a performative, poetic and immersive piece that takes the viewer on a journey through a long, dark tunnel with no visible end, placing them in the shoes of someone experiencing a mental illness. The unidentified person walking through the tunnel holds a lantern that represents hope for a recovery. 
 
As we follow the lantern through the tunnel, we are joined by a chorus of voices that fill the surrounding darkness. Each voice is a real person telling us of their own experience and journey through mental illness. As we go deeper into the stories, the light from the outside world slowly fades. We begin to lose our sense of reality as the voices take over. Varying experiences and disorders are described, ranging from mania to depression, delusions and phobias. Thoughts and anxieties are shared about the pandemic, global warming, black lives matter and other pressing issues. Then, when our stories reach their darkest ebb, the lantern goes out. 
 
But by clinging to an inner faith that this light will eventually return, our individual pushes on through the dark. The voices we hear begin to talk of recovery - the thoughts, ideas, recollections, people, actions and moments that gave them hope and led them home.  
 
We see the end of the tunnel approaching. Our sense of hope builds. Finally, we return to the world and the light of day. We look back towards the tunnel and see the individuals whose stories we have just heard. 

Visit 

TheLightInsideFilm.com

 for more details and updates.

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Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
Judith Lambourne

£675 GBP since Mar 2021

2
kerr

£500 GBP since Feb 2021

3
Miriam and Andrew Lawrence

£500 GBP since Mar 2021

4
Maggie Paish

£250 GBP since Feb 2021

5
Lesley Owen

£250 GBP since Feb 2021

6
Andrew Lawrence

£250 GBP since Mar 2021

7
Joanna Day

£100 GBP since Feb 2021

8
Jon Gates

£100 GBP since Feb 2021

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Dave D

£100 GBP since Apr 2021

10
Adam Jackson

£100 GBP since Jul 2021

11
Lucinda Knight

£50 GBP since Feb 2021

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Ralph Oswick

£50 GBP since Feb 2021

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sarah hearn

£45 GBP since Apr 2022

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Rebecca Pearce

£30 GBP since Feb 2021

15
Pat Lavender

£25 GBP since Feb 2021

Organizations

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The Victoria Wood Foundation

£25,000 GBP since Jan 2021

The Light Inside is all of us

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Thank you for supporting The Light Inside.

David Bekkevold

Core Contributor

The Victoria ...

£25,000 GBP

kerr

Contributor

£500 GBP

Miriam and An...

Special thanks

£500 GBP

Maggie Paish

Special thanks

£250 GBP

Lesley Owen

Special thanks

£250 GBP

Andrew Lawrence

Special thanks

£250 GBP

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Building a website and individual stories