Free film screening: "STEVE" A Documentary to save men from suicide

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Date: 21 May 2019
Venue: 2X112, Bristol Business School, Frenchay Campus
Venue Location: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/campusmapsandinformation/frenchaycampus/frenchaycampusmaps.aspx
Time: 17:30-21:00


On average 12 men a day take their lives in UK. It's the biggest killer of men under 45. One of those men filmmaker Ben Akers' childhood best friend Steve.

This feature length film looks at the epidemic and aims to help other men.

This screening, which is part of the University's Mental Wealth Lab, will be introduced by Ben and a UWE Bristol alumni panel.

This film is all about getting people to talk, so after the screening there will be refreshments and the chance to chat informally with the panel.

The event will be chaired by Professor Jane Roscoe, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean (Arts, Creative Industries and Education). Jane's career has spanned higher education and industry – including roles as Director of London Film School, Head of International Content at the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and Head of Channels at SBS Corporation.

Feature-length film screening, introduced by Director Ben Akers and UWE Bristol alumni who were involved in its making. Register for free now.

Event schedule

  • 17:30 – 18:00 Arrival and registration
  • 18:00 – 18:30 Panel introduction
  • 18:30 – 20:15 Film screening
  • 20:15 – Drinks and chat

Alumni panel

Ben Akers - Ben has been directing films for many years, but none have taken him on a journey like this one. Ben has one hope for this film: to save lives.

Blue O'Connor - Blue (Engineering alum) is the Founder of Kings Grooming, an ethical aftershave fragrance and grooming brand on a mission “to inspire and empower men to live healthier and happier lives”. Blue is featured in the film, discussing how Kings was born out of his personal struggles with mental health.

Tom Watson - Tom (Construction Management alum) is founder of project Get a Grip, which aims to encourage conversations around mental health and fitness. Get a Grip offers a series of podcasts, sells branded fitness apparel, and supports mental health charities such as the Samaritans. Tom discusses the importance of looking after physical and mental health in the documentary.

Gavin Thorpe - Gavin (Counselling alum) is Singer-Songwriter, whose lyrics tackle mental health. Two of Gavin's songs feature in the documentary.

Getting here

The film will be screened in Bristol Business School on Frenchay Campus. Free parking will be available in the visitors' car park from 17:00. The campus bus stops are also only a short walk away.

Cost: Free
Contact: Natalie Welch
E-mail: alumni@uwe.ac.uk

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