Interview with clinical psychologist Dr Tony Bates taken from upcoming I Used To Live Here DVD released for World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted September 9, 2015 by Suzanne Murray in News

To coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow, September 10th, we have released a short film taken from the forthcoming I Used to Live Here DVD which features an interview with clinical psychologist and Founding Director of Headstrong, Dr Tony Bates, who wrote the Irish Times articles that inspired the feature film.  In the short film he discusses the issue of youth suicide and offers advice to a person in crisis.

I Used To Live Here, which is out on VoD and DVD this month, is the award winning feature film directed by Frank Berry which was made in collaboration with members of the community of Killinarden, Tallaght and researched with the assistance of Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.  It follows Amy Keane (Jordanne Jones), a 13-year-old trying to cope with the death of her mother and the reappearance of her father’s ex-girlfriend, who experiences the temptation of suicide after witnessing the outpouring of love for a local suicide victim. The film takes a fictional look at how the idea of suicide can spread in communities, particularly among young people.

Speaking about the feature film, Dr Bates said:  “When Frank first came to Headstrong with the concept of this film to ask for our input, I recognised that he was perhaps one of the few people I’d ever met who could gain the trust and respect he would need to make this work. For the film he listened to young people and began to understand what really matters, and what really hurts them. He crafted a narrative that gave them a voice as much as it spoke for them. As an organisation, we at Headstrong work closely with young people and local communities, it’s key to what we do in supporting young people with their mental health through our Jigsaw services. If we want to understand the challenges that young people face, and truly help them, then one of the first things we have to do is, like Frank, listen.”

Commenting on Dr Bates interview and the forthcoming DVD and VoD release, director Frank Berry said: “I’d like to once again thank Wildcard Distribution for their continued support in bringing I Used to Live Here to audiences. I would also like to thank Dr Tony Bates for his inspiration, and for participating in this interview which offers a lovely companion piece to the film.”

Featuring performances from a mostly non-professional cast including Jones, Dafhyd Flynn, James Kelly and Ross Geraghty and filmed on the streets of Killinarden, the film received three IFTA nominations in the Best Film, Best Script and Best Actress (Jordanne Jones) categories earlier this year.  The film also received huge acclaim during its cinematic release with critics saying:

“A magnificent debut” Entertainment.ie

“Far more compelling than many a film with household names and 1,000 times the budget.” RTÉ Ten

“Excellent.  An intimate epic” Irish Times

“This film is powered by a pure integrity, which shines off the screen…. Jones is a find, having the interior illumination of a young Saoirse Ronan.”  The Sunday Times

 “Berry has created a small but quietly devastating drama” The Hollywood Reporter

I Used To Live Here will be available to download on various platforms from 21st September and will be available to purchase on DVD from 25th September.  It is currently available for pre-buy on the Wildcard Distribution website and on download via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.