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Award nomination for MIC students’ short-documentary on the reality of suicide

The award-nominated short documentary The Guardians, made by a group of Mary Immaculate College students, premieres at the 4th Dare Media Underground Short Film Festival on 11th August in Cork’s Camden Palace. The Guardians, which is also nominated in the ‘Best National Short’ category at the same event, has previously been shortlisted by Headline, the National Media Monitoring Programme for Mental Health and Suicide, for the 2014 Headline Award for Student Journalism.

The film addresses a broad audience, through an open discussion concerning the reality of suicide, by linking footage of the self-funded Limerick based volunteer group the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol (CSPP), together with interviews with four members as they share their personal experiences. The film highlights the group’s extraordinary activity as guardians of Limerick’s community attempting to turn the tide on suicide.

The student team included Lisa Stuart (Director), Jenny Kelly (Producer), Tony Reale (Camera), Brian Hogan (Researcher) and Cian McCrohan (Editor).

According to Lisa Stuart; “The CSPP is such an important community-based organisation that provides a real response to the growing problem of suicide. Although it wasn’t easy fitting the late-night and early-morning filming into the workload of final year, it was important to the group to make something that really emphasised the amazing work of the CSPP volunteers, and allowed them to tell their own story in a medium that would reach a large audience. The end product is something we are all very proud of.”


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