Ian W Thomson and James Cogswell

Community Arts & Cultural Development

The Invisible Edge

Addressing the mental health of young men in rural communities.

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A 15-min short film THE INVISIBLE EDGE will launch a website that will use creative arts to engage young men about mental health and connect them to resources.

The Invisible Edge will be the first short film in a trilogy –  a psychological drama about two brothers in rural Australia who struggle with jealousy, rivalry and love in their relationship, in order to find the unspoken words that may keep one of them alive.

This flagship trilogy of short films and the website have been developed to bridge the gap between young people in rural communities experiencing mental health issues and the resources and people that may be able to help them.

The concept is based on the power of the creative arts to engage, inspire, express, unite, empower and educate. In this context, web delivery heightens this power by providing anonymity, facilitating wide distribution, and creating an interactive experience that can link users to resources.

The Invisible Edge has been developed and shot through the in-kind contribution of a dedicated crew who recognise the potential of the project to save lives.

The funds we are seeking to raise through our ACF campaign will allow us to complete post-production and provide seed-funds to expand our prototype website.

Ian graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with a B.A. in Visual Communications and is currently completing his Master in Media Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney. He works as a freelance director for advertising, film, television and theatre.

Ian has studied directing, acting and scriptwriting – and gathered extensive international experience in Sydney, London, Barcelona, Vienna, Hamburg and Berlin. Ian has directed 3 documentaries: one about David Byrne, another about the Berlin Video Art Festival and most recently the internationally awarded ‘Out in the Line-Up’. He has also written and directed the stage play ‘The Garden Fence’, and directed a theatre production of ‘The Open Relationship’. His first short film ‘Desiderata’ was a finalist in the Black Nail Film Festival, and his latest short ‘Atados’ was selected into the Budapest, York and Bogota Short Film Festivals.

As a producer James Cogswell looks to find innovative ways to turn passive viewing experiences into active engagement. Central to this practice is the early engagement of audiences and stakeholders to build a community around a project, maximizing reach and impact.

Most recently James produced the documentary ‘Cast from the Storm’ about a group of teenage refugees adjusting to life western Sydney. After premiering on the ABC in October 2015 the film has been screened by several major organisations to engage their stakeholders regarding forced migration, including the United Nations and Amnesty International.

This is James and Ian’s second project after co-producing OUT in the line-up -a feature documentary about the taboo of homosexuality in surf culture.

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