Launching in cinemas on 3rd May, feature film ‘Irene’s Ghost’ aims to raise awareness of postpartum psychosis

A film about a son’s loss of his mother produced by Together Films, and funded in part by the Maudsley Charity, will be launched in cinemas on 3rd May 2019. The feature documentary tells the story of Iain Cunningham, who lost his mother at the age of three, and the journey to discover the story of her life and death.  

The film deals with his mother’s mental health difficulties after his birth, which was diagnosed as severe postpartum psychosis. Iain faced a confusing silence around her death when growing up, especially from his father, which reveals the stigma and lack of understanding of mental health in the 1970s. The film is told in part through animations, echoing a baby book he was given at the age of 18 with messages from his mother.  

Best Feature Documentary

The film was awarded the Best Feature Documentary at thScottish Mental Health Arts Festival, where it will be screened on 4th May 2019. It has received a plethora of positive four and five star reviews, with the Evening Standard calling it “a gem that stands out”. 

Preview on 30th April with Director Q&A

Launching throughout the UK on 3rd May, it will be shown at the Bertha Dochouse in London until 9 May, with a special preview taking place on 30th April featuring a Q&A with director Iain Cunningham.  

Distributed by Together Films, a marketing and distribution company focused on social issues, Irene’s Ghost was also supported by Creative England, Creative Scotland, BFI and the Wellcome Trust.  

Watch the trailer here and visit the Irene’s Ghost website here 

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