MHAM: ‘This Way Up’ (2019) is a Comedy that Moves Beyond Stereotypical Depression Narratives

‘This Way Up’ isn’t about a life breaking down or falling apart, it’s about what comes after that and how the pieces of a life can begin to be put back together again.

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MHAM: Fat People Have Eating Disorders Too – A Love Letter To ‘My Mad Fat Diary’

For this edition of the Fatness In Film column, Sophie Butcher does a deep dive into ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ and its depiction of eating disorders.

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Happy Horror Mother’s Day

Horror films have always taken tangible fears and placed them in despicable situations. A true feat of horror films is when they take a deep dive into a subconscious fear and bring it to light, making audiences more uncomfortable than any spider or vampire ever could. One of their most successful and re-used avenues is the fear of a toxic mother. Oh sure, there are scary movies about evil stepfathers and nasty nurses, but the fear of a “bad mom” has brought some of the best, most iconic horror films into fruition.

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MHAM INTERVIEW: Dan Warrender and Scott Macpherson on Their ‘Mental Health Movie Monthly’ Initiative

What is deemed as a ‘good’ representation of Mental Health within the entertainment world? What can filmmakers and showrunners do to better represent Mental Health? To help answer these questions, I approached Dan Warrender and Scott Macpherson.

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MHAM: ‘It’s Always Personal’: Humanising Dystopia and Trauma in ‘The Hunger Games’ Films

In the boom of young adult franchise adaptations, The Hunger Games films stand out as perhaps the last great series, one of the most consistent and faithful adaptations in this late noughties/early 2010s era.

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MHAM: ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and the Journey of a Family Through Trauma

With its ten episodes oscillating back and forth between past and present, we discover the story of the Crain family. Director Mike Flanagan explores the complicated emotional dynamics of family relationships, in which every heated conversation and every word unsaid are part of a much bigger puzzle.

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‘Joker’ (2019): Exploring the Controversies Behind the Joaquin Phoenix Feature

Critics who have dared to discuss their dislike of the film have been subject to online slander from those who brand it a masterpiece.

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‘Undone’ and Why Complex Depictions of Mental Illnesses Matter

In a world where characters with mental illnesses are consistently depicted as the monsters, villains, antagonists, and just generally ‘unlikeable’ people across film and television, Undone feels like a breath of fresh air. An Amazon original series, the show is an adult animated, dramedy created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, both known for their…

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Her Smell (2019) and “The Power of Going Backwards”

Stories about following your dreams have been told many times in film. These can either be extremely inspirational or they can find themselves getting stuck in a strange tug-of-war between passion and addiction. They can border between a Disney fairy-tale or a twisted psychological thriller. Both are about chasing your dreams and the problems that…

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