THE HAPPY SAD MAN PROJECT
Feature Documentary + multi platform project
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
SPECIAL THANKS TO
GOOD PITCH AUSTRALIA, DAF and ALL OUR PARTNERS
HAPPY SAD MAN punctures the myths of twenty-first century masculinity to get at the raw emotions and complex inner lives of a diverse group of Australian men. Painted in the rich colours of a world undergoing vast change, it voyages from war zones to surf beaches, the remote outback to inner-city lounge rooms in search of better ways to make sense of manhood today.
Mapping their joy and despair, irrepressible humour and darkest of thoughts, it is a sensitive survey many years in the making. Happy Sad Man goes beyond a mere call for 'awareness' or 'dialogue' to demonstrate what an instruction manual for compassion might look like, for a time that sorely needs one.
HAPPY SAD MAN is the long-awaited follow-up to Genevieve Bailey's smash hit I Am Eleven, a lyrical documentary that canvased a rich catalogue of not-quite-children, not-quite-adults around the planet. After the searing success of her debut she has turned her attention to another group whose portrayal in popular culture is rarely more than superficial, and whose stereotypes and worst examples don't match up with the men she has known in her own life. Driven by a need to find what's missing from the conversation, she has spent half a decade scouring Australia to piece together the affecting story of HAPPY SAD MAN, employing her trademark ability to bring out the most candid and personal of stories.