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Synopsis: “Deeper than Blue” explores a shadowed medical crisis that affects mothers called Postpartum Depression. Told through Amanda Munday’s heartbreaking and empowering story of her experience with Postpartum Depression following the birth of her daughter Fiona.

Rated

Not Rated

Language

English

Run Time

11 minutes

Directed by

Devon Robertson

Produced by

Nicole Hayward

Director's Statement

As a filmmaker, storytelling only feels like a true accomplishment if there is something to be learned from it. Mental health is something that I have always felt passionate about and struggle with myself on a personal level. Seeing these issues, Postpartum Depression in particular, that affect so many families & individuals be so overlooked by society is devastating to watch unfold, too devastating to accept it.
I teamed up with my colleague, Emily Mahu, to pitch the documentary and from that point forward, the proposal grew into a story. Postpartum Depression is a mental illness that affects new mothers soon after childbirth and, left untreated, can intensify into severe depression, psychosis, infanticide and/or suicide.
Emily found Amanda Munday, our film’s subject, and from that moment, we were immediately drawn in by her compelling and heart-wrenching story. Though Postpartum Depression hasn’t had a direct impact on my life or my family’s, it’s an illness that society continues to overlook and millions of struggling parents across the world need more open discussion in order to help break the stigma.
With Deeper Than Blue, it is my core hope that audiences will feel the same sense of hope that Emily and I felt from Amanda’s story.

Director's Bio

Devon Robertson is a second year student at Humber College’s Film & Television Production program. Since grade school, he filmmaking has been a passion of his. He hopes for his work to not only tell a story, but to wrestle with the minds of audiences,and to inspire others in the same way that so many films inspired him. Everyone has a story and everyone has a voice, some are heard while others are unfortunately washed away. With Deeper Than Blue, it is his truest wish that audiences walk away with that same sense of hope still tucked behind their mind.

Nominations

Hollywood North Film Awards - Canada - 2020

Best Cinematography in a Canadian Short Documentary

Hollywood North Film Awards - Canada - 2020

Best Editing in a Canadian Short Documentary

Hollywood North Film Awards - Canada - 2020

Best Canadian Short Documentary

Official selection

Gen Z Film Festival - Canada - 2020

Hamilton Youth Film Festival - Canada - 2020

Lift-Off Global Network - First Time Filmmakers Sessions - United Kingdom - 2020

MHSA Film Festival - Canada - 2020

Country of Origin

Canada

Production Year

2019

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