Foolish Optimism was made in 2018, and explores mental health and hope. Released on 10 October 2018 to mark World Mental Health Day, the film tells the stories of three young people with lived experience of mental health challenges and issues. Content warning: suicide/mental illness.
Things To Live For
Things to Live For is the first of the Foolish Optimism: Hope In Action suite of films.
Featuring Daniella ‘Deej’ James and Andrew Compston, this is an uplifting film of two friends having a frank conversation about what keeps them going through the tough times…
Daily Battle, features the voices of men struggling with their mental health. The film was made on site at Viperstrike Airsoft, and explores some of the challenges faced by men who attend the club, including ex-military personnel coping with PTSD.
Foolish Optimism’s Michael Elliott approached club owner David Fletcher about producing a film, and the club was more than happy to accommodate.
Hope in Action
Hope in Action is a film written and narrated by Marc Ferguson, which aims to provide some insight into the practical steps we can take to bring hope into our lives. Hope, Marc says, is not an emotion…but an action. It’s something you do, not something that just happens to you.
The fourth film in the Hope in Action suite of films. In this film, we get an update from the three young people whose stories were shared so powerfully in the original Foolish Optimism film. Zoe, Chris, and Andrew have each been on their own journeys in the past 12 months, and we are very grateful to them for their contribution to the project.
What is Foolish Optimism?
Firstly, Foolish Optimism is a national conversation about young people, mental health and hope. But it more than just a conversation. This film explores what Foolish Optimism means to some of the people who have driven it forward to date.