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Still from The Bateman Lectures on Depression

I thought it might be a good idea to make a film about my depression. How my depression felt, and how it had impacted my life. What could go wrong?

My first film, You, Your Brain, & You had been a zany, Pythonesque comedy. That was fun, but I wanted to root my second film in some real human emotion. My lifetime of suffering from depression and anxiety was the most obvious thing to write about — write what you know, right?

I didn’t want to make a traditional documentary, with talking heads and whatnot. I wanted to use humor and real life experiences to get at what depression feels like — an objective film about a subjective experience. I wanted to make a film that showed non-depressed people what their friends or family members may go through, and a film depressed people might identify with. …


Scott Bateman

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