Film night: Psychiatric Hospital Documentary

Tuesday, Nov.13th 2012, 8:00PM, Whirled Cinema, £8/£10

Monday, Nov.19th 2012, 8:00PM, Whirled Cinema, £8/£10
The online box-office is closed, but you can buy tickets at the door (£10)

Seating is limited.  To book, use the PayPal ticket purchase system through the yellow buttons.  Once on the PayPal page, click “Don’t have a PayPal account, at the lower right, to make a purchase with a credit card.  Your tickets will be available at the door.

By coming to my film events, you are funding my next independent documentary.  Thanks.

By the way, The Whirled is also a bar.  So if you arrive early, it’s a nice place to hang out.

In 2009, I saw an advert in a Montreal paper: the city’s oldest psychiatric hospital was looking for a young filmmaker for a short internship.  A few weeks later, I was roaming the hospital with my camera and the master key of the infamous institution: key 56.

I met extraordinary people.  Over 4 months, I followed the challenging journey of 2 patients, from their involuntary admission until their discharge.  They accepted to be filmed because they wanted the public to know the truth about them and psychiatry.  It was their way to fight the stigmas of mental illness.

My series “Key 56″ is modest and candid but I think it is an ideal way to bypass the usual politically-correct institutional videos about mental health and discover what really goes on behind the mysterious walls of psychiatric hospitals.

I will screen the series and turn the cinema into an interactive discussion space.  We will have a great opportunity to discuss about the last taboo of our societies.  At the first screenings in August and September, the debates were as interesting as challenging.  Service users, volunteers from organizations involved in mental health, psychiatrists, nurses and people just interested by the issue made the night a real success.

I hope people who lived through mental illnesses will also join us.  If you have a special experience to share, please email me: alex@alexhamel.com

Whirled Cinema, 259 Hardess Street
Brixton Tube or Loughborough Junction train station
Whirled cinema is a chic exclusive cinema and bar set up in an industrial arch.  This hidden jewel and its adjoining bar and terrasse will be exceptionally opened to the public for this event.


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Buy tickets in advance: £8
Tuesday, November 13th 2012, 8:00PM, Whirled Cinema
Monday November 19th 2012, 8:00PM, Whirled Cinema
Seating is limited.  To book, use the PayPal ticket purchase system through the yellow buttons.  Once on the PayPal page, click “Don’t have a PayPal account, at the lower right, to make a purchase with a credit card.  Your tickets will be available at the door.

£10 at the door.

By coming to my film events, you are funding my next independent documentary.  Thanks.

If you bought tickets online, they will be available for pick-up at the venue, on the night of the event.  Just identify yourself with your name.  If you bring your purchase confirmation email, that would also be helpful.

The big question: where is the Whirled Cinema?
On Coldharbour Lane, if you’re coming from Brixton, turn right on Herne Hill Road in front of Loughborough train station.  After about 1 minute, you will walk under a railway bridge.  Immediately after it, turn right on Hardess Street.  The cinema is down that little alley, in an arch under this railway.

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