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ON TOP OF THE WORLD: MY SUICIDE STORY

(2021)

WINNER 

CHANGING MINDS YOUNG FILMMAKER FESTIVAL 2023

DIRECTOR / CINEMATOGRAPHER / CAMERA OPERATOR / EDITOR

In 2023, 'On Top of the World' was selected as the winning film for the 'Changing

Minds Young Filmmaker Festival' (NYC) out of over 2000 submitted films.

In 2021, I was approached by 'Don't Lose Hope', a mental health charity, regarding a true inspirational story that they wished to document. 

The story follows Dave Manning, a gentlemen who, ten years prior, was inches 

from taking his own life at the cliffs at Beachy Head. 

Documenting and retelling Dave's first time returning to the location was an 

experienced that truly developed my filmmaking skills and maturity.

My decision to make the film as a sole filmmaker, taking control of all aspects, was 

one that I believed necessary to emphasise the intimacy and grittiness, elements 

required to do the story justice. This however, meant I had to deal with a lot of

pressure, being entirely responsible for nailing every aspect of the film. 

The entire experience is one that has improved my documentary filmmaking skills,

ability to perform effectively in high pressure environments and developed my

knowledge and abilities within many different filmmaking specialisms.

 

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