Brian (Kevin Guthrie) lives in a small Scottish coastal town, trying to lead a typically normal life, working day by day with a calm demeanour – but this belies an inner conflict as he feels he cannot share and connect with anybody. This changes when he meets care home owner Jeff (Stephen McCole) and Sam (Siobhan Reilly), a single mother, and Brian starts to see reasons to live within his dark despair.
Kevin Guthrie will be familiar to Screen Machine customers, having starred in Edie, Sunset Song and Sunshine on Leith. But in Connect he takes on a very different role – as a young man trying to overcome his depression. Filmed in North Berwick, this ambitious, heartfelt drama confronts the issue of men’s mental health and suicide, offering optimism and hope in moments of darkness.
In Scotland, suicide is the main cause of death for young men, with the unemployed and farm & forestry workers particularly at risk. Screen Machine is pleased to welcome three representatives of The Samaritans of the Western Isles to this screening. After the screening, everyone is welcome to stay on for an informal conversation about the film’s themes and subject matter, and how we can talk about and better understand mental health and suicide. We also hope that the film’s Director, Marilyn Edmond, will be present to introduce the film.
“Simultaneously uplifting and harrowing” Filmspace
“a striking film” The Sunday Times
15: contains suicide theme, strong language
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