Suicide awarness doco The Promise screens in Coffs with live Q&A

Craig Hamilton, interviewed for the documentary The Promise, talks in detail about his mental health journey.

SUICIDE awareness documentary, The Promise, is screening in Coffs Harbour on 18 October, giving locals the opportunity to see one of the first advance screenings of this new Australian mental health film.

The Promise is an adaptation of former ABC radio broadcaster and mental health advocate and speaker Craig Hamilton’s journey with bipolar disorder as outlined in his best-selling book, Broken Open.

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It is intertwined with personal stories from prominent mental health experts and advocates and sporting icons.

At a special screening at Event Cinema Coffs Harbour from 7pm on 18 October 2023, Craig Hamilton and film maker Jye Currie will host an audience question and answer session.

This event is one of only eleven advance screenings across Australia ahead of the film’s full release in 2024.

Mr Hamilton is on a mission to normalise conversations around mental illness; to make mental health as
easy to discuss as common colds.

His dream of covering the Sydney Olympics ended before it began when he had a psychotic episode on a Newcastle train station on his way to the Games.

Instead, he ended up in a mental health facility with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

As the documentary unfolds, viewers witness Hamilton’s struggles and triumphs in living with bipolar.

“I wanted to create a film that helps to rewrite the narrative surrounding mental health and suicide prevention,” Craig said.

“The Promise aims to inspire empathy, understanding and action, and foster prioritising mental well-being and support for people on their path to recovery.

“I hope it will ignite transformative conversations, give hope, and create lasting change.

“I’m passionate about mental illness because I’ve survived it.

“Speaking about it might save someone else’s life.”

The film is directed by Jye Currie who runs the award-winning film company Green Frog Productions.

He said the film is a first of its kind, providing a compelling journey of hope.

“I want the film to create a pioneering, timeless and transformative experience for viewers that challenges stigma, sparks conversations and empowers individuals,” said Jye.

“This film isn’t just a piece of art; it is an instrument of change.

“We have captured authentic stories of people who have survived attempting suicide and those who lost loved ones to suicide.”

Also featuring in the film are TV personality Jessica Rowe, mental health advocates Joe Williams and Bailey Seamer, world champion boxer Tim Tszyu, rugby league premiership winning coach Wayne Bennett and former Australian and NSW rugby league representative and Newcastle Knights captain Paul Harragon. Lifeline North Coast will be present with information about their services.

Proceeds from ticket sales will support the work of local Lifeline centres.

Lifeline North Coast General Manager Angela Martin is honoured to host the film’s screening for the local community and is grateful for the support from the film makers.

“As Australia’s leading suicide prevention organisation, Lifeline is here for the community 24/7 to create hope and support for people in crisis and reduce stigma around suicide,” said Angela.

“We welcome a film that is about normalising conversations about mental well-being as well as suicide and its prevention,” she said.

Tickets for the advance screening are available at

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