Locally made movie Hidden premiered today (8 February) as part of the launch for the Alex Panton Foundation, which is aimed at helping children suffering from mental health issues.
It’s a film written and directed by friends of Alex Panton, who took his own life as a young man.
It explores the depths of anxiety and depression in young people to highlight that mental illness, even in paradise, is a very real problem.
The movie was a labour of love from members of the community and was produced with the aim of starting a dialogue about mental health and to show the complexity of how it can affect each individual.
It’s a conversation that the film hopes to make Cayman more comfortable with having.
Ally McRae, a friend of Mr. Panton and a member of the Alex Panton Foundation board, spoke on why she thinks mental illness is a stigma in Cayman still.
“It’s the island that time forgot, so I think in a lot of ways certain aspects of our culture maintain traditional values which sometimes include things like not, you know, speaking about negative emotions that you’re having inside and portraying a very happy picture especially because it’s such a small island,” said Ms. McRae.
The film premiered at Camana Bay cinema and was free to the public.