The Show Must Go On follows former Home & Away actor and filmmaker Ben Steel on a soul-searching investigation into why are there so many entertainment workers developing and struggling with anxiety, depression and substance abuse and for the first time opening up a much-needed public conversation about their mental health and wellbeing.
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
The Show Must Go On tells a story that represents the 42,000 people working in the Australian entertainment industry, while also reflecting the larger mental wellbeing issues facing the wider Australian workforce.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
The Show Must Go On aims to save lives, by sharing a collection of powerful personal stories from well known figures in the entertainment industry, that ultimately empower individuals to take responsibility back for their own wellbeing and encourage them to seek the help and support they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
THROUGH THIS FILM WE WANT TO:
Encourage people to seek help
Confront these difficult topics
De-stigmatise seeking help
Educate on solutions
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
When engaging the community, the social impact team will utilise the relationships that have already been built with organisations connected to mental health, specifically within the entertainment industry such as; Entertainment Assist, the Arts Wellbeing Collective (AWC), the Australian Alliance of Wellbeing in Entertainment (AAWE), Support Act, as well as organisations that work on this issue more broadly. These include; the Mental Health Foundation of Victoria, Sane Australia, Mental Health At Work, On The Line, Worksafe, Vic Health and Everymind (formally the Hunter Institute of Mental Health).
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
- Generate nationwide discussion and inform individuals
- Generate critical discussion within Australia
- Offer alternative solutions to individuals and organisations
- Individuals will come together to support and focus on change
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
- Screening at one of Australia’s most recognised film festival
- A minimum of three industry screenings
- A minimum of five community screenings
- Television and radio spots
- Screenings in partner cinemas
- High percentage of the audience joining the TSMGO community and accessing resources and support services via our website.
- Ambassadors speaking out surrounding the release of the film on core topics
- Changes to policy TBC