What is Polarised?
Polarised is a documentary about looking at experience. At brushing aside lazy caricatures and stereotypes and climbing in between the covers. It's about immersing people in the smells, the tastes, the feelings and the sights of a world so often left in the dark. This film is more than just a two month jolly around London, following the crack pot wise cracks of a painfully average struggling writer. It's about living the world we seek to describe, peering behind the veil of gay marriage and exploring not only why it is that around 50% of the young LGBTQ+ community suffer from ill mental health, but what it's like to be one of that number.
Polarised will feature interviews - with mental health survivors and activists, artists and struggling millenials – alongside poetry, drama and photography.
Who is Polarised for?
The most important thing about Polarised is this: it isn't just about the people making it. It's about you. And the people you love, and the people they love. It's about the nitty gritty, the inconsequential detritus that shapes our lives. It's about the raised heart rates, the screams, the cries, the laughter and the despair. It's about dancing and running, rain and sunshine, snorting, fucking, smoking, squirting and falling through the rapidly opening cracks in society.
Why are you making Polarised? Who even are you?
My name is Charlie Smoke. I am 23 years old. I live in a little flat in North London. I am a queer writer, an activist, a vagabond and student. I have Borderline personality disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, ADHD, body dysphoria and cyclic bouts of depression. My life is a chaotic tumble of ups and downs, from crushing anxiety attacks to euphoric mania, via days of numbing depression and bouts of toilet cradling bulimia and I'm not the only one. That's why I want to create Polarised; to give a voice to the voiceless experience of thousands
How can I help?
In order to complete the project, we need to raise £5,000 over the next two months.
This money will go towards editing, equipment, travel expenses and other production costs. We aren't seeking to make any money from this, and all of our time, and the time of many of our nearest and dearest is being given for free.
That's where you come in. Anything you can spare will help make this project happen.
Any donation from £15 upwards entitles you to something awesome from the team behind the Polarised project – from a handwritten thank-you note to VIP entry to our launch night. And every single penny will be treasured by the mental health survivors doing this on a wing and a prayer.
Will you keep me updated?
We'll be keeping all our backers updated about our progress, as the funding campaign continues and we begin filming.
In the meantime if you want more information, or need help or advice, go to our website polarisedproject.com, follow us on Twitter @polarisedproject, and like us on Facebook at The Polarised Project, for a whole host of links, articles, pictures and shiny things to wrap your eyeballs around.