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Synopsis: Discharged from a psychiatric hospital, Jacob attempts to resume life in Edinburgh, control his schizophrenia and be a worthy member of society. He works collecting litter from streets and parks. He boxes. He takes medication. He writes everything down. His Dad barely wants to know him.
Frustrated by this existence and encouraged by his psychiatrist, Jacob sets off to the Highlands in search of fulfilment. By the sea he finds the charismatic Eva, who claims to be the secret daughter of Ingmar Bergman. And she’s on a mission.
They join forces and set off on adventures.


Not Rated



Run Time

90 minutes


Elspeth Turner (Eva)
Tim Barrow (Jacob)
David Whitney (Dr Lloyd)
David Tudor (Jonathan)
Harry Donnelly (Dad)

Directed by

Tim Barrow

Written by

Tim Barrow

Edited by

Callum Warrender


Fiona Rutherford


Robbie Jones

Director's Statement

For years I’ve wanted to make an authentic, contemporary, hopeful film about schizophrenia. Over the glen from the village I grew up in was a psychiatric hospital called Rosslynlee. We knew people who worked there and people who went there. Years later, when searching for a new film idea, I was struck by the concept of a schizophrenia love story. Through the Royal College of Psychiatrists I met Professor Stephen Lawrie, Head of Psychiatry at Edinburgh University. In great ignorance, I asked if it’s possible for 2 people with schizophrenia to fall in love. He said “Yes, Bill and Maureen.” Bill and Maureen (not their true names) became Jacob and Eva. We set about creating their story.

Director's Bio

Tim works as an actor, writer, producer and director, in both film and theatre. He founded Lyre Productions to make contemporary Scottish feature films. He wrote & produced The Inheritance – the award-winning Scottish road movie directed by Charles-Henri Belleville. Nominated Best UK Feature at Raindance, The Inheritance won the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards and Tim was nominated Best Producer at BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards. The film played 13 festivals, toured cinemas and is released on DVD together with a 60 min Making-Of documentary. Tim wrote, produced & directed The Space Between – an Edinburgh love story which premiered at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse, screened at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and Shetland Film Festival, and toured the UK with 57 screenings. The Space Between is released on DVD. Riptide is his third feature film.


“You can't take your eyes away from the film, and you just need to know how things will play out. Five stars all the way” - Mike Smith, The Edinburgh Reporter

“A beautiful film to watch, full of love, energy and insight from start to finish.” - Rosie Hughes, SFT Magazine

“Riptide is a remarkable achievement.” - Andrew Eaton-Lewis, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

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