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New Kiwi film The Insatiable Moon - trailer

New Kiwi film The Insatiable Moon - trailer

Film trailer

Stigma & discrimination and inclusive communities are themes running throughout The Insatiable Moon, the newly released film adaptation of New Zealand writer/screenwriter Mike Riddell’s popular 1997 novel of the same name.

Mike spent several years working with people with mental health problems and the underprivileged, and he draws on that experience both in penning the novel and writing the screenplay.

The film follows the story of Arthur, the self-proclaimed second son of God, as he sets out to save the world he loves. He brings wonder and hope to his enchanted urban life in Auckland’s Ponsonby, shadowed by his devoted band of boarding house friends – including foul-mouthed but lovable house manager Bob – and fragile community worker Margaret.

When the closure of his communal home is threatened, Arthur sees an opportunity to prove his heavenly credentials. He preaches his vision of a just and caring society to those who would destroy his world. Just when it seems he has worked another of his miracles, his own mind begins to disintegrate and he is confined to the local psychiatric ward. Has it all come to nothing? Was Arthur's insight offered in vain? Even in the face of despair, it seems that Arthur’s magic continues...

The Insatiable Moon stars Rawiri Paratene as Arthur, alongside other well-known New Zealand actors including Ian Mune, Sara Wiseman and Greg Johnson. The film soundtrack includes music by Johnny Matteson and samRB, who have both worked as mental health promoters for the Mental Health Foundation on the Like Minds, Like Mine Programme.

The Mental Health Foundation has supported the film by sponsoring the premiere at New Zealand’s International Film Festival in July and is encouraging New Zealanders to go and see it.

“The Mental Health Foundation is delighted to support The Insatiable Moon,” Chief Executive Judi Clements says.

“Director Rosemary Riddell and the actors involved have done a wonderful job producing an entertaining movie that is thought-provoking and can’t help but stimulate discussion. It’s the kind of movie that stays with you long after you’ve seen it.”

Mike Riddell says the film offers an insight into a world that’s different from the one you might inhabit, and he hopes The Insatiable Moon will help reduce the stigma of mental illness.

The film will be distributed in cinemas by Rialto from 7 October 2010.

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Behind The Insatiable Moon - documentary trailer

Documentary trailer

Mental health issues are a common part of being human.

In this statement, Mental Health Foundation CE Judi Clements reveals what lies at the heart of The Insatiable Moon – a Kiwi film premiering during this month’s Film Festival.

In a trailer for the yet to be completed documentaryThe Story Behind The Insatiable Moon, about the making of the film, Judi says the World Health Organisation predicts depression will be the second highest health issue by 2020.

“[That’s why the Mental Health Foundation] works in promoting awareness of mental health and what people can do to develop and sustain their own mental health and wellbeing. As well as trying to eradicate discrimination and stigma people with a mental illness often experience, “ she says.

Also featured in the documentary is Foundation mental health promoter Johnny Matteson whose music is included in the film’s soundtrack.

In real life, Johnny met Arthur, the inspiration for Mike Riddell’s book The Insatiable Moon, and talked with actor Rawini Paratene about Arthur’s seeming normality, that is, until he tried to convince people he was the Second Son of God.

Johnny says "people in the psychiatric service", whom he has met and variously consider themselves to be Elvis, the Virgin Mary, the Second Son of God, and even the Devil Incarnate, have all been really nice people. It is this human side of people who are mentally unwell that this quirky, at times humorous, and strangely satisfying, film artfully portrays.

In Mike’s own words: “Some people who are classified as mad are really quite sane, comparatively, and some people who are supposed to be paragons of sanity can do very crazy things.”


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