Happy Sad Man is a multi-platform project by Proud Mother Pictures
THE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
Happy Sad Man is a disarmingly honest documentary that draws back the curtain on the complex inner worlds of men from across Australian life – from Bondi Beach to the outback, farmers to war photographers – and challenges the way we think about masculinity today.
Surveying the hopes, anxieties, joy and darkness of a range of fascinating characters, Happy Sad Man is the long-awaited follow-up to Genevieve Bailey's smash hit I Am Eleven, a lyrical documentary cataloguing the complex lives of an array of not-quite-children, not-quite-adults around the planet. After the groundbreaking success of her debut she has turned her attention to another group whose portrayal in popular culture is often equally superficial, and whose stereotypes and worst examples don't match up with the men she has known in her own life.
Driven by a need to find what's missing from the conversation about men, she has spent more than half a decade criss-crossing Australia to piece together the affecting story of Happy Sad Man, employing her trademark ability to bring out the most candid and personal of stories.
Directed by Genevieve Bailey
Original Music by Nick Huggins
Edited by Annabelle Johnson & Genevieve Bailey
Produced by Genevieve Bailey & Henrik Nordstrom
Executive Produced by Robert Connolly
Special thanks to Good Pitch Australia, Documentary Australia and all our partners.
2019 release dates - International screenings will be announced here soon. Subscribe or email us today and we will keep you updated.
John Anderson Music
John Anderson from Happy Sad Man releases the first song from his forthcoming album 'Introducing John Anderson'.
Click on the photo of John to stream or download the song 'Funny Story.'
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Find out more about our composer Nick Huggins via www.nickhugginsmusic.com
HAPPY SAD MAN HAS BEEN MADE WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT AND FINANCING OF GOOD PITCH AUSTRALIA, SHARK ISLAND INSTITUTE and DOCUMENTARY AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION
With thanks to our wonderful partners
The Caledonia Foundation
Thyne Reid Foundation
Roslyn Packer AC
The Packer Family Foundation
John Sevior and Rebecca Gorman
Peter Joseph on behalf of the Black Dog Institute
Creative Partnerships Australia
Ben Rozenes and Laini Liberman
The Yulgilbar Foundation
Danny Almagor and Berry Liberman
Ryan Cooper Family Foundation
The Snow Foundation
Hausmann Group Pty Ltd
Dr. Sue Jacobs
Seri Renkin and Danny Bessell
We are also grateful to our anonymous donors
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