Suicide and Me (Opening Shot)

Over the course of one night, three ordinary Australians confront the memories, realities and consequences of one of the nation’s greatest public health issues – suicide. Every ten minutes, someone in Australia attempts to take their own life, and the effects of each attempt are traumatic and far reaching.

In Suicide and Me, three Australians take us to the heart of the tragedy. A young man who had once attempted suicide candidly recounts his journey to the brink and back, while a telephone crisis counsellor must find the right words to convince another person to live. As lives hang in the balance, a suicide bereavement counsellor helps to pick up the pieces for the families of those who don’t make it back. Unfolding over the course of a day, the three extraordinary stories reveal the startling reality of this national tragedy. Honest, raw and unafraid, Keep Me Safe Tonight asks the big question: what can society do keep each other safe?

OPENING SHOTis an initiative between Screen Australian and ABC TV that gives voice to a new generation of filmmakers - with stories to match. Filmmaking teams, all with a director under 35 years, have been given the opportunity to create a prime time half hour film that not only develops their long form filmmaking skills but also fires an (opening) shot in to the national conversation about Australia today.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Production Year: 
2013
Duration: 
30 mins
Series Episode
Standard $88
Schools $66
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