The Show Must Go On – SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON MENTAL WELLBEING IN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

September 24, 2019

Film Art Media is delighted to announce the television premiere of The Show Must Go On on ABC TV at 9.30 pm on Tuesday 8th October. Written and directed by Ben Steel, produced by Sue Maslin and Executive Produced by Daryl Dellora and Julia Adams, the film and its impact campaign, the Wellness Roadshow,  will be launched as part of Mental Health Week.
the show must go on

The Show Must Go On – SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON MENTAL WELLBEING IN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Film Art Media is delighted to announce the television premiere of The Show Must Go On on ABC TV at 9.30 pm on Tuesday 8th October. Written and directed by Ben Steel, produced by Sue Maslin and Executive Produced by Daryl Dellora and Julia Adams, the film and its impact campaign, the Wellness Roadshow,  will be launched as part of Mental Health Week.

THE FILM

The Show Must Go On is the first film to tell the story of the mental health of the 42,000 people working in the Australian entertainment industry. While ‘show business’ is often seen as glamorous, fun, exciting, and well paid, recent and alarming world-first research from Entertainment Assist and Victoria University paints a darker picture for entertainment workers. Anxiety symptoms are 10 times higher, sleep disorders are 7 times higher and symptoms of depression are 5 times higher than the national average. Suicide attempts in the industry are double the national average. 

This film follows former Home and Away actor and debut documentary filmmaker Ben Steel on a soul-searching investigation into why are there so many entertainment workers developing and struggling with mental wellbeing issues. Ben shares his intimate experiences living with depression and anxiety for the past few years, and along the way, we are witness to his intimate conversations with key creatives and crew, actors, dancers, musicians, performers- many of them household names – who have likewise struggled and how they have survived.

While this film may not reach and save every life, we hope it will have enough impact to at least save one, and that it will spark much-needed conversations about mental health.

The Show Must Go On will be screening on ABC TV at 9.30 pm on Tuesday 8 October 2019 to coincide with mental health week.