PRODUCERS – CASS AVERY & ALEX REED
DIRECTOR – LEANNE POOLEY
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – TIMOTHY WHITE
The Girl On The Bridge, directed by award winning New Zealand filmmaker Leanne Pooley is a glimpse into a world few of us comprehend. This documentary is a response to our collective anguish about the suicide crisis in our communities and our desire to “do something”.
Twenty-two year old Jazz Thornton survived multiple suicide attempts and is now taking on a system she believes is failing her generation, founding her own charity to support young people struggling as she once did.
Shot over a two year period, The Girl On The Bridge follows Jazz as she increasingly finds herself the face of the suicide epidemic unfolding around her. Young people and their families turn to her in desperation asking her to “save” them. She juggles the pressure of their expectations while doing all she can to change the societal prejudices that helped create the problem in the first place.
This is a film about hope. It’s a film about redemption. The Girl On The Bridge is a challenge to all of us to try to understand.
The film was made as a companion piece to JESSICA’s TREE, also produced by Augusto.
The Girl on the Bridge premiers at NZIFF 2020.