An acclaimed filmmaker from a young age, Solveig Melkeraaen Is used to being in control of her life in Norway. When she is felled by a serious depression, which sees her undergoing electroshock therapy treatment in a psychiatric institute, she turns the camera on herself, in an attempt to take back control. In this intimate and brave exploration of depression, we follow her on the road to recovery, as she teases out the reasons for her breakdown - a journey which sees her trying to puncture the stigma and silence that so often accompanies mental illness. Surrounded by her supportive siblings and loving partner, Solveig seems to be well on her way to recovery -- until a relapse threatens her fragile progress. Unflinching, blackly funny, and beautifully filmed - with highly stylised dramatic sequences - Good Girl breaks new boundaries in autobiographical filmmaking, and shines a light on how this devastating illness weaves its destructive path.
Pick of Doc/Fest
Sheffield Doc/Fest presents three films from the 2015 edition that are featured as part of the Ideas & Science strand, illuminating stories which explore questions and ideas that lie at the heart of scientific thinking. Good Girl, Drone and Containment are films that feature filmmaking innovation and creativity as well as exploring subjects of depression and therapy, nuclear containment and drone technology and ethics.
Supported by Wellcome Trust