What started out as a short film made on a whim, became a twenty minute documentary based around St Clements, an abandoned asylum on Bow Road, East London. The venue is now underway for development as a commercial and residential property, and all that remains is for developers to agree to allowing a space to be set aside for the community.
To this end, the area was promoted by a film festival, Shuffle, curated by Danny Boyle and thoroughly enjoyed by other local residents. This was a successful event and it highlighted the very real need for community space, open to all but especially beneficial to those with mental health problems or economic disadvantage – however as yet there have been no decisions made relating to the space.
The documentary explores various treatments for mental health, with a focus on the over-reliance on medication and the benefits of more holistic therapies. Through a series of interviews, St Clements in Paradise presents the case for the community centre as a place which would enable people to engage in traditional therapies such as art, music and talking, thereby reducing their unwilling reliance on hospitals and yet more medication.