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Patrick’s Day premiere

Contact supported the Northern Ireland premiere of one of the most highly acclaimed Irish films made this year, ‘Patrick’s Day’, at this year’s Belfast Film Festival on Monday 20th April, Moviehouse Dublin Road.

Patrick is a 26 year old schizophrenic who falls in love with a woman who herself is harbouring ideas of suicide when she meets Patrick. A provocative and heart–breaking love story about the right to intimacy for everyone. Patrick’s Day proves, that when it comes to love, we’re all a bit crazy.

Board chairman for Contact, Tony Macaulay said: “One of the key problems facing society and our understanding of mental illness, is stigma. We all have to do what we can to de–stigmatise mental illness and educate people about its complexities and de–bunk the myths that often surround it. Patrick’s Day provides us with a vital insight, particularly into psychiatric illness and what it’s like to live with schizophrenia and people’s response to it.”

Contact hosted a panel discussion and Q & A after the film with Dr Tony O’Neill Consultant Psychiatrist Queen’s University, Prof. Siobhan O’Neill Mental Health Sciences, Ulster University, Martin Daly, consultant in service user experience, as well as the lead actor (Moe Dunford), producer (Tim Palmer) and writer/ director (Terry McMahon) facilitated by Tony Macaulay (Contact Board Chair).

The film is on general release in Moviehouse Dublin Road Belfast and Coleraine from Friday 24th April.

Terry McMahon writer and director of Patrick’s Day said:

“No culture knows more about the profound journey from stigmatisation to courage than Northern Ireland, so to screen Patrick’s Day in the hometown of our producer is both nerve wracking and exciting for us and to be doing it in conjunction with such an impactful and necessary organization as Contact renders it all the more humbling. We have engaged with audiences all over the world on the festival circuit but screening in Belfast Film Festival ahead of our Northern Irish release feels like the most sublime of homecomings so we are asking people to come see the film and be part of the larger conversation.”

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