Part 2 of the Riverview Trilogy
BEDLAM combines never before seen archival film and photography with
present day super 8 footage of the historic Asylum at "Essondale", now
known as Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, B.C. The story of health care
worker Kay Clayton unravels to reveal her astonishing personal account
of the hospital where she worked during two very different times in
mental health history. In 1945, Kay was only 16 years old when she
started as a naive summer relief staff on a large, noisy and crowded
woman 's ward. Kay recounts her experiences on the ward during a time when
there was little access to medications to assist in the care of these
profoundly ill patients.
Kay returned to work in the hospital again in 1973 until her retirement
from Asylum care in 1988. The advent of effective psychiatric
medications made for considerable advances in patient care with a marked
increase in patient liberty. But then, the government introduced the
idea of de-institutionalization…
Part 1 of the Riverview Trilogy
Nurse Norma McMurdo recollects working at Riverview Mental Hospital (Coquitlam British Columbia Canada) from 1949-1951. In particular are compassionate memories of lesbian patients and the understanding that they weren’t actually crazy.
Part 3 of the Riverview Trilogy
The story of Dr. Ralph Arrowsmith, a mid-century asylum psychiatrist with a life-long connection to British Columbia's Riverview Hospital, a passion for the psychiatric movement and an unending commitment to his patients.
Featuring archival film and photography - this story spans 40 years of mental health history.
Short Film By Chuong Vo. Venture into the mind of a Schizophrenia sufferer. This is made to raise awareness about mental illness. This is how they see and hear the world. Don't turn your back on them just because they're different. Put yourself in their shoes and experience what they experience everyday.
Alone but never alone...
Starring Alicia Gall
Music By Alexander Kokic-Schmidt
1) TITLE: ECHOES
2) AUTHOR: Chuong Vo
3) YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2011
4) COUNTRY: Australia
5) GENRE: Drama, experimental
6) MEDIUM: Video