Feature documentary PTSD Love Stories by SQ Hub residents Seeding Time Pictures will premiere on ABC Compass this month.
Produced and written by Kym Melzer and directed and co-produced by Seeding Time Pictures Co-Founder Arun Ketsirat, the documentary follows those caring for ex-emergency service personnel and veterans who suffer PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and explores the question “who cares for the carers?”
Through the journeys of caregivers Kim Hodge, Cathy Sadler and Kate Tonacia, the documentary sheds light on mental health, intergenerational trauma, suicide and workplace stigma while showing how the different carers courageously stand up for their dreams and identity.
The production was supported by Screen Queensland through the 2020 Completion Fund – an initiative part of the COVID-19 support package, to assist long-form productions at a minimum rough-cut stage to be completed.
The project also received endorsement from Documentary Australia Foundation and secured Carers QLD, Carers NSW, Carers NT and Carers Tasmania as supporters.
Ms Ketsirat, who was also Cinematographer of the documentary, said the production is the result of more than four and a half years’ work.
“It has been a heart-warming journey, learning about these rarely discussed issues that matter to millions of people around Australia,” said Ms Ketsirat.
“Our social impact campaign will highlight the services, community awareness activities, and quality programs available.”
Kym Melzer describes the three women as “admirable and inspirational”.
“One in eight Australians are carers, so our goal is to increase awareness of some of the everyday issues and challenges faced by 2.7 million Australian caregivers and their families.”
For the Brisbane-based production company, the Screen Queensland Completion funding arrived at the optimal time.
“This support from Screen Queensland provided enormous relief for Seeding Time Pictures, at the height of the lockdown that so deeply impacted our industry,” said Ms Ketsirat.
“We are incredibly proud to have this important and deeply moving story finally come to screen on the ABC this month.”
PTSD Love Stories premieres on ABC Plus Sunday 30 May 8:00pm, then follows on ABC TV Sunday 6 June 6:30pm and Sunday 12 June 11:00am, and available to stream on ABC iview.