Happy Sad Man

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Happy Sad Man

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 23 February - 29 February 2020
Category Cinema Screening


Featuring post screening Q&A with filmmaker Genevieve Bailey and cast member David Capra (Sunday 23 February only)

Following her smash hit I Am Eleven, Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey was inspired to find more diverse and positive portrayals of men exploring their emotional selves. We journey from Bondi Beach to the outback; we laugh and cry alongside a war photographer traversing global conflict zones, we visit a farmer and outreach worker from rural Victoria, a musical nomad and a sensitive dog-loving artist. Each portrait is an intimate and heartwarming look into vulnerability, friendship and compassion.

Happy Sad Man gives unforgettable voice to the complex emotional landscapes we can all traverse. Touching, funny and tender, this must-see documentary is set to shine a light on and change the dialogue around masculinity and mental health today. Exploring hopes, anxieties, joy and darkness the raw vulnerability of these stories will inspire you to hold some of the men in your life that bit closer.

M – Coarse Language


Ivan – a mental health rural outreach worker from country Victoria striving to help farming families affected by drought and all the challenges that living and working on the land can bring

Jake – born in Malaysia, raised in Melbourne where he worked as a cinematographer before leaving to pursue work in disaster and conflict zones as a war photographer. Jake has primarily been based in Afghanistan, Turkey and Syria over the last decade. His humanitarian mum is his hero.

Grant – born in New Zealand but now based in Bondi, this surfers passion for talking about mental health began when he was diagnosed with Bi-Polar. He then founded One Wave and Fluro Friday which has now gone global. Prince Harry and Megan met with Grant and joined in on the action last October 2018 on Bondi Beach which made international news.

David – Influenced by his Italian and Ukranian heritage David is a respected artist from Western Sydney with a passion for his pooch Teena who he often performs with. David and Teena both live with anxiety and their work explores this. David and Teena were invited to speak at TedX Sydney in 2018 to a live audience of 5000 people. Most recently David’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

John – Words don’t quite do justice when it comes to Johnny! That is why we made this film. He’s quick-witted, charming, challenging and a creative musician, bush carpenter, father, friend and oh gosh he wouldn’t approve of this reductive bio! Ha. John was born and raised in Toorak, Melbourne but has traveled across Australia and is most at home now when growing vegetables and building a cubby house in the country.

Genevieve Bailey

Genevieve Bailey

Co Producer
Henrik Nordstrom

Executive Producer
Robert Connolly

Genevieve Bailey

Original Music
Nick Huggins (Featuring guest vocalist Lisa Mitchell)

Annabelle Johnson and Genevieve Bailey

Sound Design
Tristan Meredith

Colourist and Online
Marcus Hopton Smith

Production Company
Proud Mother Pictures

Sales & Distribution
Proud Mother Pictures

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1 hour 33 minutes (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Riverside MEMBERS
Concession $9
30 & Under $9
Concession $12
30 & Under $12

Transaction fees apply

Screen $1.65