Depicting the silent plight of mental-health patients at inaugural film festival

Cheryl Allison and David Schallipp in award-winning film No Letting Go. Many of the scenes and the dialogue in the film are taken from producer Randi Silverman's experiences with her own son.
Cheryl Allison and David Schallipp in award-winning film No Letting Go. Many of the scenes and the dialogue in the film are taken from producer Randi Silverman's experiences with her own son.PHOTO: SINGAPORE MENTAL HEALTH FILM FESTIVAL

Film producer says No Letting Go is an accurate portrayal as her family coped with their son, who grew up with bipolar disorder

In the family drama No Letting Go (2015), an anxious boy grows into a teen prone to violent outbursts. His father offers tough love, while his brother blames the parents for not doing enough to help him be "normal".

Finally, when things reach a breaking point, the family seeks professional help and receives a heartbreaking diagnosis: Their son has bipolar disorder, a condition that needs lifelong management.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2019, with the headline 'Depicting the silent plight of mental-health patients'. Print Edition | Subscribe