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Changing Minds, Auckland, 30 September 2014: ‘Mad About Movies’ is a FREE film festival held from the 7-11 October 2014 at the Academy Cinema in Auckland City, to celebrate Mental Health Awareness week.

One in five New Zealanders are affected by mental health issues each year, and this film festival aims to generate discussion about these experiences. Changing Minds, an Auckland based not for profit organisation is presenting ‘Mad About Movies’ as part of its mission to ‘Lead brave conversations to redefine mental health in Aotearoa.”.

A diverse range of films make up the programme for the festival, including the iconic ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest’ (1975) starring Jack Nicholson , the Dark Horse documentary by Jim Marbrook, and award winning NZ film ‘ The Insatiable Moon’ . “By presenting a range of films, from documentaries, short films, to classics we have something to cater for all tastes, and by offering the films for free ‘Mad About Movies’ is accessible for everyone” says Ainslie Gee, General Manager for Changing Minds.

Highlights of the festival include a Q&A session with director Jim Marbrook following the screening of his documentary ‘Dark Horse’, which inspired the recently released NZ feature of the same name. A panel discussion exploring ‘Beyond the Mad, Sad, Bad… mental health in the media” will close the festival on the afternoon of Saturday 11th October.

The theme for Mental Health Awareness week this year is ‘Keep Learning’, and challenges us to be curious, embrace new experiences, see opportunities and surprise ourselves… getting out and seeing a ‘Mad About Movies’ film provides the perfect opportunity to do all of these things.

Key Dates
Tues 7th October 7 pm – Dark Horse Documentary, followed by Q&A with Director Jim Marbrook
Wed 8th October 7pm – Collection of short films from Show Me Shorts with a focus on mental health.
Thurs 9th October 6pm – An Angel At My Table
Fri 10th October 6:30pm – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (R16)
Sat 11th October 4pm – The Insatiable Moon, followed at 6:15pm by a Panel Discussion “Exploring Beyond the Mad, Bad, Sad… Portrayal of Mental Health in the Media”