It was announced today that local creative and production agency Augusto’s new feature documentary The Girl on the Bridge, co-produced by Bloom Pictures, will premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival, ahead of a nationwide general release in October. The film will also screen in this year’s Cannes Docs line-up, running from June 22 – 26 as part of the Marché du Film Online.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Leanne Pooley (25 April, Beyond the Edge), The Girl On The Bridge is a response to our collective anguish about the levels of suicide in our communities and our desire to do something to help.
Following on from Augusto’s award-winning web series Jessica’s Tree, The Girl On The Bridge was filmed over a two-year period. The film follows twenty-two-year-old Jazz Thornton who has survived multiple suicide attempts and is now a powerful mental health advocate. After founding her own charity, Voices of Hope, to support young people struggling as she once did, she’s put herself through film school to learn the skills she needs to communicate.
Augusto’s Cass Avery, Co-producer on the film commented: “If 2020 has proven anything it’s that collectively we can effect change if we are prepared to listen and act on what we learn. Jazz has taught me so much in the years we have been working together and that knowledge and understanding of what people feel and need when they’re dealing with mental health issues is powerful. The responsibility for change lies with “us” and not with “them” and this film is a first to step people can to take toward doing something for people who need our support.”