In a bid to raise awareness about mental health issues in the Riverina, local business woman Simone Dowding from The Blessed Bean has teamed up with Alexis and Steve from Mayfly Media to create a short film about a local sportsman and his battles with depression and suicide.
“The Enemy Within” is inspired by Wagga’s world champion boxer and ex rugby league player Joe Williams, who has, despite his achievements and success, fought his greatest battles with depression and suicide.
The film has been developed for entry in the Wagga Wagga City Council’s WaggaFest short film competition. It takes a documentary style approach to exploring Joe’s experiences and it is peppered with inspiring and hopeful messages designed to reach out to young sports fans.
Ms Dowding said she wanted to do something to try to stem the tragedy and suffering caused by depression and other mental health problems in the Riverina.
“More than six people commit suicide every day in Australia and a further 30 attempt to take their own life,” she said.
Mayfly Media has volunteered time, equipment and other resources to manage the production of the film, which was written and conceived by Ms Dowding. Joe Williams is also a volunteer as the major subject of the documentary style production.
As a finalist for the waggafilm fest competition we are nominated for the peoples choice award. vote now!!!!
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We hope to inspire and challenge our community with a story of choice and hope.
Written and directed by Simone Dowding – email@example.com 0416 263 554
Produced by Mayfly Media – firstname.lastname@example.org 0417 484 976
Joe Williams – email@example.com 0406 308 093
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