Writing the World Backwards
Our short documentary film Writing the World Backwards has been chosen as an Official Selection at the New York City Mental Health Film Festival 2023.
It tells the story of Lorna Collins who experienced a catastrophic brain injury at the age of 18. Lorna spent the next 20 years going in and out of psychiatric hospitals, including the infamous Esquirrol asylum in Paris, before art became her pathway to recovery from crippling anorexia.
This film follows her evolution from comatose patient to flourishing artist, taking us on a journey into her darkly strange and cinematic imagination. Viewers are invited to inhabit and see beyond the stages that define mental illness.
"Making this film gave me the chance to express, in a raw, sensitive way, my extraordinary journey from illness to recovery," says Lorna.
"It shows how the arts can help to support people in the context of mental illness. I am grateful to work with Angela because she has helped the film become a work of art in itself. The film has become a beautiful, aesthetic object, as well as a beacon of hope that recovery is possible."
Angela and Lorna at the launch of Writing the World Backwards at the ArtBomb Festival of Creativity in Doncaster.
"The film has become a beautiful, aesthetic object, as well as a beacon of hope that recovery is possible."
The film will be screened on Saturday, February 18th 2023 at the Village East Cinema in New York City. Angela and Lorna hope to attend the festival and speak at a specialist forum after the film has been screened.
Founded in 2005, the New York City Mental Health Film Festival is the oldest and largest mental health film festival in the United States.
"We set out to build a community through film," say the festival organisers. "Above all, we wanted to show the lives, successes, hopes, struggles, and beautiful humanity of people with mental health concerns."