London, UK – May 13, 2019

It is estimated that 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder[1] and as Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 19 May, 2019) commences - young film-maker and mental health advocate, Tallulah Self has created ‘HOME’, a short film featuring mental health influencer and ballet dancer, Margi Barbieri.

Influenced by the personal experiences of over 70 individuals who contributed through the photo and video-sharing social network, Instagram – the film has been produced by Inside Job Productions, a social enterprise film company, and explores the impact that body image can have on mental health: 

“Mental health can feel really difficult to speak out about and that’s why I wanted to create a film which not only expresses my own experiences, but also includes the voice of others” says Tallulah.  “I think collaboration is key with creativity, especially in the context of mental health, where isolation can be a big issue. I hope the film can raise awareness, shed light on issues surrounding body image and make others feel they aren’t alone.”

Tallulah is in recovery from an eating disorder and has been working for Inside Job Productions since 2017 when she enrolled in the company’s production trainee scheme for young people struggling with their mental health. Tallulah is a graduate of the scheme and now a full-time junior film-maker.

Last January she hit mainstream media with a campaign film in response to Public Health England’s Change4Life 100 Calorie Snack campaign, highlighting concerns about its misleading messaging.

Encouraged by a recent study from Nottingham University which found that personal stories of mental illness can help others on the road to recovery – Tallulah uses film as a platform to share her experiences and lessen the stigma around mental health in the hope that it will inspire others to do the same.

 

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[1] Beat Eating Disorders. [online] Available at: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/how-many-people-eating-disorder-uk [Accessed 10.05.2019]