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Aro Recommended Girl on the Bridge, The


New Zealand 2020, 91 minutes
Dir. Leanne Pooley
Rating: RP15: Deals with suicide, sexual abuse themes and self-harm references.
Genres: Documentary / Sociology

Topics: Health & Medicine, Mental Health.


“The Girl on the Bridge is certainly not an easy or comfortable watch, but it’s a sensitive, important, vital and compelling one.”~James Croot, Stuff

Aroview: A brave and heart-wrenching documentary breaking the silence around New Zealand's mental health crisis, from the perspective of suicide survivor and mental health campaigner Jazz Thornton as she works to complete her award winning 2019 web series Jessica’s Tree.

Leanne Pooley, director of crowd-pleasers TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS and BEYOND THE EDGE, demonstrates sensitivity in portraying Thornton's extraordinary passion, and dexterity with the inclusion of footage in which she discusses the tone and message of the film with her producers. A taboo busting film that focuses on the mental and emotional toll taken by those who attempt to help and support suicidal people, in the troubling NZ context of a broken mental health system.

Support, information and help for those struggling with suicide is available here:

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