Kaye Harrison directed this feature documentary that premiered at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Film Festival and Vivid Festival in 2013. The screening was folowed by a performance from the re-united Sunny Boys. I actually met Jeremy at a party in Newtown or Darlington around 1980. I was trying to impress the late night revellers with my efforts at guitar playing. Jeremy came over and asked if he could have a go. His talent was immediately obvious and he proclaimed that he would be famous in a few months. I dont think anyone there took him too seriously but only several months later, there he was on Countdown fronting The Sunnyboys.
Endorsed by leaders in the mental health sector THE SUNNYBOY engages a very broad audience. From academics and clinicians working in the field to people living with mental illness and family members who care for them. Even people with little experience or understanding of mental illness are enlightened and inspired by Jeremy’s story.
For more information about the film please go to THE SUNNYBOY website at thesunnyboy.com.au
Professor Patrick McGorry - Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health, Australian of the Year 2010:
“THE SUNNYBOY is quite simply the best, most sensitive and compelling communication I have ever seen of schizophrenia and psychosis and beautifully illustrates everything that the public and indeed the health system and mental health professionals need to understand. “
Jack Heath - CEO of SANE:
“THE SUNNYBOY is honest and powerful in its depiction of one man's battle with schizophrenia. It has enormous educational potential to combat stigma and increase understanding of severe mental illness.”
Rob Ramjan - CEO of the Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW:
“Over the years I have been involved in the production of many documentaries….there have been none that have had the intimacy, accessibility and power of THE SUNNYBOY.”