HAPPY SAD MAN is a charming and uplifting insight into the lives of five very different Australian men.
Following her smash hit I AM ELEVEN, Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey was inspired to find more diverse and positive portrayals of men exploring their emotional selves.
We journey from Bondi Beach to the outback; we laugh and cry alongside a war photographer traversing global conflict zones, we visit a farmer and outreach worker from rural Victoria, a musical nomad and a sensitive dog-loving artist.
HAPPY SAD MAN gives unforgettable voice to the complex emotional landscapes we can all traverse. Touching, funny and tender, this must-see documentary is set to shine a light on and change the dialogue around masculinity and mental health today.
Each portrait is an intimate and heartwarming look into vulnerability, friendship and compassion. Exploring hopes, anxieties, joy and darkness the raw vulnerability of these stories will inspire you to hold some of the men in your life that bit closer.
"Challenges the way we think about masculinity today"
— ABC Radio
— Melbourne International Film Festival
"Insightful and provocative"
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HAPPY SAD MAN will be released in Australian Cinemas throughout October November 2019.
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If you think a friend or family member is going though a tough time; or you need support yourself, the following services are there to help you take positive action. You can also contact your GP or call 000 in an emergency.
Lifeline Phone 13 11 14
24-hour counselling service, crisis support and suicide prevention.
Phone 1800 187 263 Website www.sane.org
SANE Australia is as national mental health charity working to provide better support and stronger connections to people affected by complex mental illness
Phone 1300 789 978
A professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute provides clinical information, support and free online mental health programs for all Australians
Suicide Call Back Service
Phone 1300 659 467
Provides immediate professional telephone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.
Phone 1800 650 890
Free online and telephone service that supports young people between 12–25, and their families.
Phone 1300 364 277
Provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.
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.'
Subscribe to our mailing list to stay updated about the release of the Happy Sad Man soundtrack.
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