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OLLIE's first awareness film was created with the help of members of the National Youth Theatre

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Here at The OLLIE Foundation we are delighted to announce the launch of our first suicide awareness film campaign, as part of the #ItMatters initiative. The #ItMatters initiative, run entirely by young creatives , is a series of mental health and suicide awareness film projects, on behalf of the Foundation. Together with the cast and crew of Ollie we released the first film on Monday 7th May.

Within two weeks of its release it had achieved over 50,000 views and reached over 142,000 people on Facebook and almost 3,000 views on YouTube. It's been shared by multiple high profile celebrities including STEPHEN FRY!!!!!!

Archuna Ananthamohan, writer and co-producer, said: “While volunteering for OLLIE, I felt that young people needed to harness the power of social media and film to persuade more people to take action. I made use of the National Youth Theatre members’ network to meet and work with fellow members to turn this goal into a reality.”

Colin Holland, director and co-producer, said: “This film is important when male suicide has become a hot button issue, in particular. Mental health is an issue that affects everyone, directly or otherwise. Whether you identify with the character of Ollie or Henry in this video, there is something for everyone to take away.”

As a youth prevention charity to have young creatives produce a film to raise awareness, not only of the charity, but also about suicide prevention is wonderful. We really hope we can get this going viral to reach as many people as possible. Ollie is truly impactful and is helping to highlight such an important societal issue.

The team have worked closely with The OLLIE Team in the creation of the script so that the sensitive topic of suicide is explored in an appropriate manner.

Credits:

Directed by Colin Holland
Written by Giles Holland & Archuna Ananthamohan
Produced by Archuna Ananthamohan & Colin Holland
1st AD - Laura Hall
1st AC - Patrick Hollings
Cinematographer - Giles Holland
Editor - Colin Holland
Sound Design - Edward Waller
2nd AD - Naomi Goddard

Cast
Ollie - Mark Brown
Henry - Ashley Howells
Ethan - Roly Botha

Voice cast
Teacher - Sarah Cullum
Mother - Michaela Mackenzie
Friend - Dominic Gray
Boyfriend - Conor Watters

With thanks to Ashley Church, Pinner Methodist Church & the National Youth Theatre