The premiere of the file documentary Wally at the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise May 6th at 7pm. A film by Ann-Marie Kelly.
The film tells the story of a young Portlaoise man who has struggled to overcome mental health problems. Ann-Marie says she has been filming Wally O’Louglin a rapper from Portlaoise, for over eighteen months now since he attempted suicide.
“My original idea was to get his story on camera after his suicide attempt but as things started going right for him I couldn’t stop filming. Everybody loves a happy ending and this story aims to give hope to people who are suffering with depression/addiction.
“This documentary intends to reach those who the media forget about, the ‘real people’. There are no psychiatrists here quoting statistics, no pie charts, this is a man opening up his heart, letting us in to see how he survived and got himself out of the hole he was in.
Mental Health Ireland and the HSE offered guidance and a training weekend has arisen out of the whole project. 40 young people from Mountrath will benefit from a training weekend called Hear me See me in which they will be trained in Film, Radio and Music to help them express how they really feel, just like Wally who is also a tutor on the weekend.
Ann-Marie Kelly is a radio presenter, she now presents Breakfast with Ann-Marie on Midlands 103, formerly AMKelly show with Today FM. In 2010 she made a series ‘How to be....’ commissioned by the BAI for Today FM. Helping young people find their way. As part of the series she interviewed a singer, a Judge, a female soccer star, the Franciscan Friars, and a Dublin fireman.
In 2007 she made a BAI commissioned documentary on a young homeless girl as part of the World’s Apart series for Today FM. She has a BSc Degree in Communications, where she made her short film ‘Some Distant Memory’, shown in The Dublin Film Festival in 1996. She is an avid photographer.