MARKKU AND ME
THE NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL GRADUATION DOCUMENTARY - 2016 - RUNNING TIME: 24 MIN
He loved to make up stories, especially horror stories and I loved filming them. I heard that Markku felt that I didn't care about him. I wanted to reassure him and asked if we could film together, like we did when we were children.
Markku has schizophrenia and has lived in various mental care facilities over the last ten years. He feels abandoned by his older brother Lauri, who he partly blames for his illness. Lauri returns to Finland in the hope of gaining a better understanding of his brother's condition and to try and rebuild their relationship. He suggests they could film together, as they had often done in their childhood.
Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, Markku & Me explores the impact of a mental health condition on the relationship between two brothers.
- Director, Producer and Cinematographer - Lauri Danska
- Editor - Sian Clarke
- Composer - Jessica Jones
- Sound Designer - Eleanor Nicholls
- Sound Recordist - Tom Osborn
- Grade and online - Xi Zhao
- Graphic Designer - Bijun Zhuge
- Production Manager - Brodie Robertson
Special Thanks To: Pirkko Meriläinen • Elina Karaksela • Pentti Raatikainen • Eija-Liisa Raatikainen • Juha Tanska • Johanna Tanska • Loviisa Tanska • Aamos Tanska • The Community of Kuuskaari • Kaakkois-Suomen Sosiaalipsykiatrinen yhdistys ry • Haminan Seurakunta • Raimo Uunila & Grape Productions • Tomi Muranen • Mia-Marja Laitinen • Olli-Tapio Laakso • Keski-Savon Hoivakehitys ry • Christopher Cornwell • Kim Longinotto • Riete Oord • Andonis Trattos • Robin Sales • Dick Fontaine • Haminan Seudun Osuuspankki