About The Film
The initial idea for this short documentary was inspired by our passion for exploration and love of cars. It was clear from the beginning that any collaborative project we produced was going to involve a road trip in some form or another. However, we both felt that there needed to be something more to the project than just two friends going on a journey from Lands End to John o’ Groats. Following the mass isolation caused by the global pandemic, mental health issues amongst both men and women are at an all time high. Having both struggled with our own mental health, and seen close friends struggle with theirs, we felt compelled to address the issue in their film.
Focusing on young men in a similar age range to themselves, we set about researching ways in which they may be able to help other men who have difficulties with their mental wellbeing, using their skills in filmmaking. From watching inspirational documentaries such as The Yukon Assignment, and The Long Way Round, they both know how motivational moving image can be. We wanted to induce that feeling of ‘get up and go’ that they get from watching adventure documentaries in our own audience. Much of the wonder and awe that we feel towards the natural world can be accredited to the inspirational documentaries that we watched as children. We both feel that now, more than ever, people need to find ways of spending time in natural spaces to escape from the pressure and stress created by urban living.
The experiences that we have had in nature have taught them that there is no better way of getting out of a slump than jumping into the freezing cold ocean or spending a night camping under the stars. An abundance of studies has now shown the beneficial effects that being in natural spaces have on psychological and physical wellbeing. Proximity to natural space has been proven to reduce stress and increase happiness. Through sharing this film we hope to inspire others to get outside and into nature in whatever way they can, wherever they live.
It can get very serious very quickly when you start talking about mental health issues. The statistics are staggering, there is more depression and suicide amongst young men than ever before, and the numbers are still increasing. However, conscious of the fact that they want to make an uplifting, encouraging film, We want to focus on the ways in which young men can help themselves feel better through physical activities and spending time in natural environments. We also want to draw attention to the fact that no one is alone, and there are always people to talk to. Of course, it’s not always something that’s easy to talk about which is why it’s so important for people to find ways to help themselves feel better when they can’t or don’t want to talk.
Will and Ian.