Director Finn Hay-Lewis
From Nottingham, Great Britain, I grew up with reading not coming naturally due to dyslexia so I turned to film instead, not just as a story telling medium, but as an educational tool as well. Despite starting on working on short small films with friends, I have ended up studying at Falmouth, and am working to become a better, more proficient filmmaker. The last documentary I worked on was for the Nottingham Contemporary, and was all about young people and the way that art and objects of value impacted their lives. This time however, I wanted to explore a more important issue. So, we chose the correlation between Contraceptives and Depression.
I have always had a fascination with the issue of gender in society, when the idea for the project came up I was immediately motivated to make this film. It’s about those on contraceptives, yes, but it’s symbolic of a wider problem in the way that society treats women. I have often remarked that whilst both my parents raised me, I’m a good man because of my mother. Women play such an important role in society, so I’m hoping that this film will start a dialogue about what work still needs to be done to even society out and make it more equal. I think it’s about time men started shouldering the burden of contraceptives.
Most of my time at Falmouth has been spent trying to make a good story, but in this case, it’s the chance to make something that is truly important, and exposing something to vindicate those effected. It’s a film I’m honoured to be a part of making.
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