Transference has received over 11M views on YouTube. According to director and star Raffaello DeGruttola, the film has now ‘gone viral’! So proud of our supporting role co-producing this bipolar love … Continue Reading Transference Goes Viral!
Mentalist Sadie Kaye’s bipolar Rant was published in the South China Morning Post’s Post Magazine June 12 – any excuse to push buttons (and rant!) Your suggestions for a new word for … Continue Reading Pressing Buttons – A Bipolar War Story
The submissions deadline for the 2022 Proverse Prize and Proverse Poetry Prize for writing previously unpublished in English (may be in translation) has been extended to July 10, 2022! Entry is open … Continue Reading Deadline for 2022 Proverse Prizes Extended!
Mental Ideas was inspired attending the Bipolar Ambition Art Exhibition at HKU last week featuring the work of bipolar artists, including Coby Legans and Juliana Kung, who have contributed a lot … Continue Reading Bipolar Ambition Art Exhibition
The International Proverse Prize for book-length works of fiction and 2022 Proverse Poetry Prize (Single Poems) for writing submitted and previously unpublished in English (may be in translation) is OPEN FOR ENTRY … Continue Reading Proverse Prize and Proverse Poetry Prize 2022 Open for Submissions!
Join our friends at Proverse Publishing for the 2022 Virtual Proverse Spring Reception on Thursday, 28 April at 7pm HKT! Sign up to Proverse’s YouTube channel to enjoy this event for free! Highlights … Continue Reading Proverse 2022 Virtual Spring Reception!
Mental Ideas LOVES this short film by one of our ambassadors Mat Ricardo; showman and philosopher. Enjoy!
The psychological drama feature film Mental Ideas helped co-produce has received over 8.5M views on YouTube! Transference is a bipolar love story about obsessive love directed by and starring Raffaello Degruttola. … Continue Reading Transference exceeds 8M Views on YouTube!
Congratulations to our ambassador Raffaello Degruttola for directing the multi award-winning indie film, Little Boxes! The inventive film was produced by Lee Boardman and Jennifer James, veteran actors and founders of … Continue Reading Little Boxes – Truth and Lockdown
Submissions are open until April 21, 2022 for women poets, writers and artists to submit their poems, illustrations and short stories (2000 words) to the Women in Publishing Society‘s annual … Continue Reading Submissions Open for Anthology Imprint 21!
Ania Epul is an 18-year-old writer studying at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her short story, Collateral Damage, published for the first time by Mental Ideas, draws on her own internal … Continue Reading Collateral Damage – Ania Epul
Congratulations to our awesome ambassador Simone Lahbib! She won the awards for ‘Best First-Time Director’ and ‘Best Debut Film’ from the Soho London Independent Film Festival at the end of last … Continue Reading Swipe Right – Simone Lahbib
Price’s Price is set in a time and place – Hong Kong in the 1960s to 80s – where mental health issues were more often dismissed than discussed. The main … Continue Reading Price’s Price – Chris Maden
Thanks to the Cinemonic Entertainment Core in LA for selecting The Depressed Comedian episode of our Mental Ideas Podcast as one of their Official Selects at their Cinemonic Podcast Festival! Mentalist radio host Sadie Kaye … Continue Reading Mental Ideas @ Cinemonic Podcast Festival
Mental Ideas is looking forward to attending Proverse Publishing‘s Autumn Reception at the Helena May Nov 18! We can’t wait to discover the winners and finalists of the 2021 Proverse Prize and … Continue Reading Proverse Autumn Reception Nov 18 – and You’re Invited!
Mental Ideas had a blast at the 2021 Hong Kong International Literary Festival, which this year had a mental health theme. However, we left our mental health hats at home … Continue Reading Storm Chasing @ HK International Lit Fest!
Submissions for our inaugural Hong Kong International Mental Health Film Festival are open! New York filmmaker Fritz Frauendorf came across our festival on the internet while researching film festivals that … Continue Reading Attachment: A Film Exploring Trauma and Disassociation – HKIMHFF
Larry Feign, guest in The Depressed Comedian episode of our Mental Ideas Podcast (clip of Larry and chatting to host Sadie Kaye @ The AIBs below) has a new book out! 🙌 You … Continue Reading Larry Feign: From The Depressed Comedian to As Happy As Larry
Congratulations to our ambassador Rebecca Dandridge-Walker. Her sketch, Delusion, has been breaking the internet since she posted it on the Grayson Art Club‘s facebook page! Grayson’s Art Club is a … Continue Reading No Delusion
Another lovely accolade from our friends in the migrant community: Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge have awarded Home Kong Kitchen a certificate of recognition for being Top Fundraiser canvassing for their Coins … Continue Reading HKK Top Fundraiser for Bethune House!
Dark skies. Back pain. Heavy bags of salt crystals dissolving in the gutter. These are my memories of dismantling the demo for my VR work Lithium Hindsight 360 in October … Continue Reading Eugenia Kim Curates Multi-Media Art Exhibition ‘As The Ship Sails On’
You can now watch Transference on YouTube, where it has already cruised to 2.2M Views!!! Mental Ideas is so proud of its role in the making of this beautifully acted micro-budget indie gem … Continue Reading Transference Cruises to 2.2M Views on YouTube!
Home Kong Kitchen has been awarded a Happy Homes Award by the Mission For Migrant Workers! 💜 🙏 💜 Thanks so much to the MFMW and all our migrant friends for … Continue Reading Home Kong Kitchen Wins Award from Mission For Migrant Workers!
Mentalist Sadie Kaye will be among the poets reading their work that was recently published in Proverse Publishing‘s 2021 anthology Mingled Voices 5 at a free event at HKU Libraries July 16! The anthology comprises … Continue Reading Poetry Reading at HKU Libraries – Mingled Voices 5
Series 2 of our AIB-nominated Mental Ideas Oddcast will be back on the air @ RTHK Radio 3 in weekly episodes with a new twist, a live studio format and an eclectic mix … Continue Reading Mental Ideas Series 2 Lifts Off on RTHK!
Home Kong Kitchen has been baking a difference to feed Hong Kong’s homeless, migrants in need and refugees for A YEAR!!!! Thanks to all our homeless friends, incredible team of … Continue Reading Home Kong Kitchen Celebrates 1st Birthday!
Mentalist Dan Davies offers readers humor, inspiration and perspiration in The Rantings of a Madman on Facebook. His debut book is the first in a trilogy based on his Facebook rants … Continue Reading Dan Rants & Launches 2021 Film Forte!
So….. this was our Lunar New Year! How was yours? Home Kong Kitchen‘s INCREDIBLE, DYNAMIC and PHENOMENALLY GENEROUS community of home bakers and donators utterly excelled themselves donating a record-breaking … Continue Reading Home Kong Kitchen Bumper CNY Deliveries!
Thanks to the South China Morning Post for this illuminating article by Anthea Rowan comparing her mother’s experience of unipolar depression to the stormy creative highs and lows of bipolar disorder … Continue Reading Storm Troupers: Sadie Kaye Talks Mental Ideas in the SCMP
Rebecca Dandridge-Walker is a self-taught artist from Camden, London. After specializing in pottery, she started experimenting with portraiture as a creative way of channeling her stress, anxiety and physical pain … Continue Reading Fragmented Lives: Sign of The Times
The Year of The Ox is almost upon us and to celebrate Home Kong Kitchen will be baking and serving cream teas for refugees at Refugee Union in Sai Yin Pun Sat … Continue Reading Cream Teas For Refugees!
Wishing you all a brighter, bolder, inspired 2021! “Walk with hope and purpose into the future. Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the doers, the successful … Continue Reading A New View
Our extraordinary ambassador Mat Ricardo vlogs his first month on antidepressants. Mat is a legend. We are so lucky to have him as an ambassador. As well as appearing as a … Continue Reading Mat Ricardo Vlogs His First Month on Antidepressants!
HO HO HOme Kong Kitchen more than trebled its goal of making and distributing 100 Christmas gift socks packed with tasty treats, practical necessities and little luxuries for our homeless friends! Thanks … Continue Reading HO HO HOme Kong!
Mental Ideas Podcaster Sadie Kaye was at the AIBs… kind of… My virtual awards date was Hobo-dog Kaye. My attire was my dressing gown. The time was 2am. I’d run … Continue Reading Mental Ideas @ The AIBs 2020
Transference has been selected by 3 more European film festivals: the European Cinema Festival, the Amsterdam World Cinema Festival and the Stockholm City Film Festival! The bipolar love story, directed by … Continue Reading Transference Selected for European Cinema Festival & 2 More!
For 26 year old bipolar artist Juliana Kung, art is a way of connecting with her inner hero. Here she shares some of the hidden meanings behind her captivating artwork! … Continue Reading Juliana Kung Connects With Her Inner Hero!
Wow – we are BLOWN AWAY by the incredible generosity of our rapidly expanding team of volunteers @HomeKongKitchen following the SCMP‘s article about it in last week’s Post Magazine! Hongkongers … Continue Reading Friday Night Muffin Run!
“I am a survivor – so far. Not so much because of being trapped at home by the pandemic, but because of being trapped inside my own body. I suffer … Continue Reading My Abstract Fight For Survival – Bill Lepley
Transference will be globally released by 1091 Pictures Nov 10! Mental Ideas is so proud to have co-produced this bipolar love story by director Raffaello Degruttola with Contro Vento Films! The film has won … Continue Reading Transference: Global Release Nov 10!
Thanks to the SCMP for publishing this short read about our Home Kong Kitchen initiative online on #World Mental Health Day and then again in Post Magazine on Sunday! We are blown away … Continue Reading Home Kong Kitchen in the SCMP!
Mentalist Philippe Joly‘s powerful short film about fighting back NOT TODAY has been selected for the Pinewood Studios Global Lift-Off Festival in October. Mental Ideas is proud to have premiered this innovative … Continue Reading NOT TODAY Selected for Global Lift Off!
The Association for International Broadcasting have published their shortlist for the 2020 AIB Awards – and we are thrilled our Mental Ideas Podcast is one of 7 nominees in the Factual Podcast category!🙏 The winners will be announced during … Continue Reading Mental Ideas Shortlisted for Association for International Broadcasting Award!
Transference: A Bipolar Love Story has been officially selected by The Hague Global Cinema Festival! The festival kicks off Nov 13! As director Raff put it, “Another one we won’t … Continue Reading Transference Selected for The Hague Global Cinema Festival!
To mark #2020 World Suicide Prevention Day, Mental Ideas is proud to premiere short film NOT TODAY. The powerful short about fighting back was born out of an idea by … Continue Reading NOT TODAY – #WorldSuicidePreventionDay
Adam House, a US combat veteran with PTSD moved to Thailand to train as a Muay Thai instructor that helped him fight his PTSD. He’s since written a book about his … Continue Reading How Muay Thai Helped Me Fight My PTSD – Veteran Adam House
With most of our planned summer projects postponed, Mental Ideas has been on a roll and making serious dough! Thanks to the team effort of volunteer bakers Ying, Moira, Emma, Raquel, … Continue Reading Home Kong Kitchen
This is the last episode of the season so DON’T MISS IT!!! With new material and highlights from the studio interviews of the first series, Crazy is a cheeky little … Continue Reading Crazy – Mental Ideas Podcast
Transference: A Bipolar Love Story received a Special Jury Mention in the Narrative Feature category at the New York Socially Relevant Film Festival! Mental ideas is so proud of our involvement … Continue Reading Transference Receives Special Jury Mention – New York Socially Relevant Film Festival!
On today’s show, Sadie Kaye talks dirty. Great big wads of dirty cash! You can’t use banknotes anywhere since the first wave peaked. Too dirty! Toilet paper is our cleanest … Continue Reading Money $ – Mental Ideas Podcast
First chance to see Transference: A Bipolar Love Story at the New York Socially Relevant Film Festival online! Originally postponed until September in the hope that the new normal might … Continue Reading First Chance To See Transference at SRFF Online!
Another win for Transference: A Bipolar Love Story – this time the Zoroaster Award at the Italian-Azerbaijan International Film Festival. The New York Socially Relevant Film Festival is next (starting … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story Wins Zoroaster Award!
In this week’s episode, Sadie Kaye coins a new catchphrase courtesy of inspirational wellness entrepreneur Ifat Hyndes and tests it out on a taxi driver. Showman Mat Ricardo talks about the power of acceptance … Continue Reading The Unwellness Entrepreneur – Mental Ideas Podcast
Showman Mat Ricardo reminisces about the time he was starting out as a street performer and a member of the public walked onto his pitch and took a dump. Left to … Continue Reading Trolls Anonymous – Mental Ideas Podcast
Transference: A Bipolar Love Story has just been announced the winner of Best Drama Feature Film at the the 2020 International Anatolia Film Festival in Turkey! The film explores the impact of bipolar … Continue Reading Transference A Bipolar Love Story Wins Best Drama Feature at International Anatolia Film Festival!
Brace yourselves for another “slightly strange” (yeah…) episode of our Mental Ideas Podcast strand of RTHK‘s fantabulous 123 Show! This week Sadie’s guest is the multi-talented and inspirational Christina Yung! She banks. She … Continue Reading The Depressed Banker – Mental Ideas Podcast
Virtual Reality dance-maker Eugenia Kim joins host Sadie Kaye and explains how her bipolar disorder has fueled her creativity and inspired her latest VR film! It’s called Lithium Hindsight – and yes, it IS better … Continue Reading Virtually Eugenia – Mental Ideas Podcast
Check out this first cut of short film Intuition, directed by filmmaker, actor and Mental Ideas ambassador Raffaello Degruttola, which we exec produced with Contro Vento Films! The short was an … Continue Reading First Cut of Short Film ‘Intuition’!
Mental Ideas is collaborating with the Hong Kong Writers Circle on a series of podcasts! While many artists and writers have been feeling inspired by the lockdown and surreality of social distancing, … Continue Reading Writer Unblocked!
A deadly podcast about Death by Anxious Showman Mat Ricardo is poignantly paired with American actor Dan Davies presenting the weather forecast… in Wisconsin. It may be Spring, but Winter is Coming… Death … Continue Reading Death & The Frozen Tundra – Mental Ideas Podcast
Rebecca Dandridge-Walker has been beating the UK lockdown blues by experimenting with portraiture. Her lockdown experience has been further restricted by waiting for a delayed hip operation. An inspirational potter … Continue Reading Portraits by Rebecca Dandridge-Walker
Here’s the joke. The joke is that the way you’re probably feeling now – washing your hands all the time, staying indoors as much as possible, nurturing a growing suspicion … Continue Reading Why Anxiety’s No Joke – Mat Ricardo
Mental Ideas Podcast host Sadie Kaye’s got a criminal record as long as your arm, but most of her heinous crimes were committed while she was in Nod. At least that’s what … Continue Reading The Criminal Sleepwalker – Mental Ideas Podcast
Psychopathic actor and entrepreneur Philippe Joly attempts to explain why psychopaths make such great neighbors, CEOs and movie stars. But host Sadie Kaye‘s laughing so much about fake noses, it’s tricky at times to … Continue Reading The Psychopathic Actor – Mental Ideas Podcast
One type of podcast guest that’s proved easy to secure in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic is grounded airline cabin crew. Bipolar is a condition that’s often been … Continue Reading The Agitated Air Stewardess – Mental Ideas Podcast
Transference: A Bipolar Love Story has been offered distribution by New York’s 1091 Pictures. Mental Ideas co-produced the film with Contro Vento Films 2019-2020. The film was set to receive its world … Continue Reading Distribution Deal for Transference with NYC’s 1091 Pictures!
Episode 2 of our Mental Ideas Podcast broadcasted last Thursday (April 9, 2020) on RTHK Radio 3! Host Sadie Kaye is rewarded for all her bad work with the once-in-a-lifetime exclusive … Continue Reading A Bipolar Love Story – Mental Ideas Podcast
Episode 1 of our Mental Ideas Podcast launched on RTHK Radio 3 last Thursday (April 2, 2020) as a new weekly strand of the 123 Show! Depression. It’s no laughing matter. … Continue Reading The Depressed Comedian – Mental Ideas Podcast
Transference: A Bipolar Love Story selected for Arizona and Buenos Aires International Film Festivals
Even though the chance of any festival happening this year seems pretty remote at present (and we all have far greater concerns on our minds) you have to acknowledge and appreciate … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story selected for Arizona and Buenos Aires International Film Festivals
AMAZING news just in from New York! Mental Ideas’ first feature film Transference: A Bipolar Love Story has been selected by the NYC Socially Relevant Film Festival! HUGE congratulations to the … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story Selected for Socially Relevant Film Festival, NYC
Brexit may be “done”, but the Norway Option is still readily available – thanks to a timely intervention by Contro Vento Films and Mental Ideas! Transference: A Bipolar Love Story … Continue Reading Transference Translated Into Norwegian Ahead of Oslo Screening!
Mental Ideas is honored to have been invited to attend the 2020 NIFA Awards in September! Mentalist Sadie Kaye was the stunned recipient of NIFA’s International Broadcaster of The Year award in … Continue Reading Mental Ideas @ NIFA 2020!
Mental Ideas is collaborating with Contro Vento Films on director Raffaello Degruttola’s latest short film Intuition, a journey through paranoia. The short was inspired by Transference: A Bipolar Love Story, … Continue Reading Mental Ideas Collaborates with Contro Vento Films on ‘Intuition’
The inaugural NIFA Awards (National Independent Film Association, USA) were hosted by Dan Davies at the Film Forte in Wisconsin this weekend, where recipients included Sean Connery (Lifetime Achievement) and Michael Blake (Legend Award). … Continue Reading A Hat-Trick of Nominations for Contro Vento & Mental Ideas
In honor of #worldmentalhealthday, I wanted to share my completed illustrative series of paintings that represent some of my symptoms of #borderlinepersonalitydisorder with Mental Ideas! I have uploaded the writing components to … Continue Reading Jade Bryant’s Latest Ink Art Collection
Meet our newest recruit and Resident Artist Param Vibe Mirpuri! Param Vibe is a dancer, writer, visual artist and spoken word poet. He fuses poetry, dance, character acting and abstract art to … Continue Reading Param Creates Vibe for Exploding Mental Health!
Mental Artists Charlotte Farhan, Jade Bryant and Shawn Coss have created their own Inktober prompts for themselves and anybody else who wants to use them. Every day we’ll be adding more … Continue Reading Project Inktober
Filmmakers Ilze Millere and Carl Bradshaw of Elementi Media are producing their first feature film Limerence; a twisted adult fairytale about obsessive love starring Roe Haven, Emilie Sofie Johannesen and Madeleine Lloyd-Jones – and they would love to have your … Continue Reading Limerence: A Twisted Adult Fairytale About Obsessive Love!
Mental Ideas ambassador Eugenia Kim is holding an event in Hong Kong from Oct 3-6 to showcase her VR dance prototype Lithium Hindsight 360 and YOU’RE invited! If you live in … Continue Reading Lithium Hindsight 360: VR Dance Event Explodes Bipolar Disorder
Mental Ideas sat down with artist Shawn Coss to discuss his often controversial artistic depiction of mental disorders, which have raised awareness of mental illness globally. Philippe Joly: You seem to … Continue Reading Passion & Poison – Interview With Artist Shawn Coss
An honor for Contro Vento Films, director Raffaello Degruttola and the cast & crew of Transference: A Bipolar Love Story to receive this recommendation by psychotherapist Nikolas Antoniades. The film, … Continue Reading Transference: A Film About Relationships & Mental Health – Nikolas Antoniades
Mental Ideas is proud to have co-produced Contro Vento Films‘ film Transference: A Bipolar Love Story. Yesterday in London, director and male lead Raffaello Degruttola attended his first technical and story screening of … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story – First Screening in London
That Mat Ricardo is a dark horse! As one of our ambassadors, we’re in touch with Mat on a pretty regular basis. An OCD, anxiety and depression veteran, Mat is Mental … Continue Reading Clowns and Banana Skins – Mat Ricardo
As Bad As It Gets airs on RTHK Radio 3 this coming Sat (July 13, 2019) @ 8.30! Check out the promo teaser produced by EP Steve James on SoundCloud! HUGE thanks to guests Charlotte, … Continue Reading As Bad As It Gets Promo Trailer
Our second doc for RTHK broadcasted SAT JULY 13, 2019 at 8.30 HKT! For those of you who missed it live, you can listen HERE! As Bad As It Gets explores OCD through the … Continue Reading As Bad As It Gets Broadcasts on RTHK July 13!
ExperiMENTAL is our bold new art project and photography exhibition. We’ve commissioned 10 pro photographers to capture the complexities of 10 mental heath conditions in a single shot. The results will … Continue Reading ExperiMENTAL Exhibition
Mental Ideas is working with filmmaker and Mental Ideas ambassador Raffaello Degruttola on co-producing a feature-length film, Transference: A Bipolar Love Story. As well as directing, Raff stars in the film … Continue Reading Transference: A Bipolar Love Story
Mental Ideas is producing a series of short films depicting different mental health conditions through a blend of contemporary dance, poetry, music and acting. The first short in the series, A … Continue Reading A Bipolar Love Story
The Mental Ideas Podcast is a weekly program in which filmmaker and RTHK presenter Sadie Kaye takes a humorous look at innovative approaches to tackling mental health, performing bold social experiments and discussing … Continue Reading Mental Ideas Podcast
Joshua Walters was born in Berkeley, California. In 2001, while attending the San Francisco School of Arts, Josh was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after hallucinating he was Jesus (who hasn’t?) … Continue Reading Joshua Walters: Just Crazy Enough…
Mental Ideas Ambassador and artist-activist Jade Bryant uses art as self-therapy and inspires others to do the same. By challenging the public’s perception of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), she spreads awareness, … Continue Reading Jade Bryant on Art as Self-Therapy
Mental Ideas discovers, nurtures and champions new talent from Hong Kong and around the world. To provide filmmakers with the best platform to attract film buyers and broadcasters, we host two … Continue Reading ExperiMENTAL Films
Work by our phenomenal talent pool of artists, writers, filmmakers, ambassadors, poets, musicians, performers, social entrepreneurs, collaborators & supporters.
It’s not always easy to capture the seriousness of conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or depression in a simple way. Graphic designer Patrick Smith took on the challenge. … Continue Reading Mental Disorders Depicted With Minimalist Posters by Graphic Designer Patrick Smith
Congratulations to filmmaker Raffaello DeGruttola for directing and delivering an understated acting masterclass in this powerful short film on human trafficking: No Way Home – Stop the Traffick. The film was shown at the … Continue Reading No Way Home – Stop the Traffick by Filmmaker Raffaello Degruttola
I’m a believer that anything can be funny. There’s nothing that you can’t make a joke about. But here’s the thing – the tougher the subject, the smarter and funnier … Continue Reading Can Comedy Erase Stigma? Mat Ricardo’s Latest Column!
Mental Ideas produces and delivers many different kinds of events, including exhibitions for our most promising artists. We collaborate with galleries in Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Paris & London. We organize … Continue Reading Exhibitions & Events