17-year-old Grace, who suffers from generalised anxiety and panic disorder, experiences a soul-crushing interaction with her GP and must find the strength to look for help again elsewhere.
“Grace” (New Zealand), the 11-minute drama short directed by James Page, is streaming now at ISA TV channel. Awarded Gold Best Student Director (Male), and Bronze Best Actress (Phoebe-Rey Subritzky) and Best Original Score (Tom Verberne) in November 2019.
“I wrote ‘Grace’ intending to shed light on anxiety and panic disorders amongst teenagers. The film draws from my own experiences with people who are closest to me, and people who have lived the scenes in ‘Grace’. Mental illness is often depicted in films these days which is great to see. However, a huge incentive to write ‘Grace’ was the fact that I had rarely seen anxiety and panic disorders authentically represented on screen. These are both unfortunately incredibly common, and what you see on screen is just one perspective of something that affects so many. With ‘Grace’, I hope to bring an accurate, authentic and honest portrayal of what it’s like to live with anxiety and panic disorder and to normalise depictions of mental illness on screen”, states James Page.
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