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Dolly Sen is a writer, director, artist, filmmaker, poet, performer, playwright, mental health consultant, music-maker and public speaker. She has 8 published books since 2002; has taken on performance roles at The Young Vic, the Royal Festival Hall, and around Europe; undertaken a poetry tour; won a poetry award from Poet Laureate Andrew Motion; directed two plays and several TV films; and performed spoken word at City Hall and Oxford University.

This Diverse Perspective is looking for the heart of Portugal Prints

8 December 2012

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Portugal Prints Royal Academy Workshop

 My mind is sunshine distilled through a bed of nails, shining but hard to hold, especially also when the skin feels like shifting sands, and the soul and its perceptions seem like a mirage.  What is grounding me and connecting me to the world are lots of artistic projects. There is a new one on the horizon: I will be part of a project, still in its infancy, that hopes to explore unusual mental states and film, which will be launched in March 2013 at the Barbican, where one of my...

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Haiku for Mental Health Day at the Tate Modern.

30 September 2012

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Portugal Prints Haiku Event Flyer

 On October the 13th, as part of DAO 'Diverse Perspectives' Programme, I will be filming the Mental Health Day event at the Tate Modern. My film is about Portugal Prints . They are awesome and amazing and inspiring, and it will be a honour to follow them around for the day, filming their Haiku event. This is what they say of their event: The Haiku Festival 2012 is a pilot online social media event developed by Westminster Mind’s art project Portugal Prints. On Saturday the 13th...

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Within WIthout You - an Outsider Art Exhibition and blog

4 April 2012

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Within Without You Exhibition Flyer

I will be exhibiting at the Within Without You Exhibition, as part of the the Bath Fringe Festival. The exhibition was the brainchild of Brian Robert Gibson, whom I met at some Outsider In training, and with some other artists who are part of Outsider In www.outsidein.org.uk/, plus a few from further afield, this exhibiton and blog came about to explore what it is to be an outsider. As Brian says himself, this event is 'a space to explore where we are placed and where we place ourselves...

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Dolly Sen will present a paper at Currents In the Mainstream Conference

18 August 2010

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On September 22nd I will be presenting a paper at the 'In the Mainstream' conference at De Montfort University, Leicester, organised by The MeCCSA Disability Studies Network. The  conference aims to re-visit and re-evaluate the complex issues at stake in contemporary representations of disability and impairment from a variety of critical perspectives, investigating both continuities and new trends in representing disability My presentation will be on my experience as both a...

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Dolly Sen posts Recovery Film by Michelle McNary

12 June 2010

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When I used to believe in Recovery as concept and practice, I took part in a film about the subject matter, made by my good friend Michelle McNary. I think she made a really touching and powerful film. It was made for our local Mental Health Trust, so my decision to wear my mad pride t-shirt was deliberate! Recovery and mental illness: part two continues a series of edited testimonies from system survivors on youtube...

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Doctor who hears voices film night

28 October 2009

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Fundraiser Event at the Candid Arts Trust
6th November 2009

screening of Leo Regan/The Doctor who Hears Voices with Q/A with Doctor and the protagonist Rufus May

This is to raise money for a documentary on psychosis by Dolly Sen

www.idomind.org.uk

Starts at 19.00 2 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ

(Right behind Angel tube station)

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Dolly Sen says:

30 August 2009

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I DO MIND FILMS presents ‘voices from a strange land’ Lurking behind tabloid interest in the mental health crises of celebrities is a vast unease around mental ill-health. The everyday stigmatisation of the Mad affects everyone. Films about madness are usually made by people who have not been there. Dolly Sen has been there, and is making a travelogue about a place few return from unscathed. Most films about madness turn us into something to be feared or vilified, it does not see...

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Dolly Sen says 'life has been normal - this must change!'

7 August 2009

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hey there guys, the last month I have been mostly in front of my computer, fundraising and form filling, and there's nothing to report about that, except it seems easier to write a book than fill out a funding application. The only time I have left the house is to go scouting for locations for my Trapped Birds documentary or meeting with my lovely producer Nora Somogyvari, a fellow LCC student and native of Hungary. She has been amazing, and has brought a lot of Hungarian crew to the project,...

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Raising money for documentary on psychosis

29 June 2009

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I was over the moon to get picked to direct a documentary on psychosis as my graduation for university, but now it is the dirty business of raising funds. I want to raise unrestricted funds, in that the usual suspects who fund these kind of films are medical based, and I want to get away from the medical model. So here are the details of what I want to do: A synopsis of the idea It is a self-reflexive documentary about the experience of psychosis, focusing on the sensory aspect of it but also...

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MAD PEOPLE WANT MORE FROM THEIR TV LICENCE

27 January 2009

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I had to renew my tv licence this week, even though I have stopped watching TV. I think this happened because I used to contemplate suicide every time I watched Richard and Judy or Jeremy Kyle. If I was in charge of TV, I would adapt some current programmes to be more relevant to Mad People such as myself. Like: How Clean is Your Madhouse? MADWATCH - filmed reconstructions of your crimes of normality. Antics Roadshow Real or No Real Medication, medication, medication How to Look Good...

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The World is made out of Cardboard

1 May 2008

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Sorry guys, it's been way too long since I last blogged properly here. It's just I have been so busy and I have been living in a cardboard box. No, I am not homeless. I have been a set designer for a super16mm film called 'HERON'. It is written and directed by my adopted son Gary. The main character Edgar Gregory lives in a room made out of cardboard, cardboard bed, desk, mug and computer. One night he meets a heron... That's all I am going to tell you, but basically it...

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MY FILM IN CANNES

1 May 2008

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Film Festival Poster

I had my documentary film about schizophrenia shown at Cannes this is year in one of the minor festivals www.cannesinavan.com
As part of that festival, 'Life as a Side Effect' will be shown at the The Movieum of London, where you can rub shoulders with Storm Troopers and Indiana Jones. How cool is that?

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THIS MAD CHICK LAID NO EGGS

1 March 2008

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I haven't been blogging for a while because I have been running around like a headless chicken both at uni and in organising the mad chicks gig at corsica. We have been given crazy projects such as making 50 films in 5 days. I am production designer on my current project and I have to make a room - and its furniture - entirely out of cardboard, including the computer! Jeez. We are need a large space to construct this room, so if anybody can help us out, please drop me a line. The highlight of...

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MAD CHICKS LOSING IT IN MARCH

1 February 2008

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Apart from being at art school studying film, I do lots of other things. When I am not depressed my mind swings into hypomania and I have to do 15 things at once if I want to avoid the almost physical pain of doing nothing. One of the things I am doing is putting on a Mad Chicks gig. Mad Chicks started in 2004 as the girly wing of Mad Pride by Melanie Clifford, Gini Simpson, Esther Leslie, Sarah Tonin, Esther Wheatley, Rachel Studley, Penny Shaughnessy and Debbie McNamara, and of course me. Mad...

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