Sad Girl Cinema is an ongoing documentary film project exploring mental health narratives in screen culture. Sorted into three themes: therapy, the mental health ward, and tortured geniuses and tragic muses, SGC navigates a whole bunch of pop cultural clichés in film, television, and music videos. Alongside these themed chapters, the documentary also features three first person chapters, focusing on the nuances of engaging with mental health screen representation for those of us who are actually struggling with mental health issues ourselves.
Combining archival film footage with first person reflections, Sad Girl Cinema aims to provide a bridge between the imagined fairy tales of tortured geniuses, sad white girls and creepy serial killers with the shit we actually have to deal with every day. Rooted in self advocacy, we explore the intersecting oppressions in the cinematic imagination of mental illness.
The project is in collaboration with founder and editor in chief of Doll Hospital Journal Bethany Rose Lamont, with design by Maggie Webster and editing by Jen Sykes. A work in progress screening was presented as part of the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) in September 2017, and the full film is due to be released in 2018.