Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Genevieve Bailey. There is often a stigma attached to mental illness, and many men are reluctant to talk about their health issues fearing it is a sign of weakness and vulnerability. This empathetic and sensitively handled documentary is the first feature film from filmmaker Genevieve Bailey since the well-received I Am Eleven (2011). While that film looked at the hopes and aspirations of a number of eleven-year old around the world, the focus of Happy Sad Man is a bit more narrow. The film looks at five men Continue reading

HAPPY SAD MAN – interview with Genevieve Bailey

by GREG KING Happy Sad Man is a documentary that gives insight into five very different men who are all suffering from some form of depression and mental illness that affects their lives. This is the new documentary from Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey, who previously gave us I Am Eleven. Bailey spent some seven years working on the film, earning the trust of the five men and getting them to open up for the cameras to express their vulnerability and fears. Greg speaks to Genevieve about the film and what it means in opening up discussion about this important Continue reading