CALM: Brothers

We have joined forces with STUDIOCANAL UK and The Campaign Against Living Miserably to create a short film, Brothers. Directed by Huse Monfaradi, the film aims to raise awareness and spark debate around the delicate issue of mental health within families.

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At its heart is the short film Brothers, by director Huse Monfaradi – a story of, friendship betrayal and the fragility of mental health. Starring up-and-coming actors Jay Lycurgo (I May Destroy You) and Michael Workeye (Sitting in Limbo), it is inspired by the real-life experiences of Workeye and his relationship with his older brother and his mental health issues. It features an original score by acclaimed British singer/songwriter Ed Harcourt.

It premiered online, following a Q&A with the director and cast hosted by film broadcaster Edith Bowman, and is available to watch now, exclusively through and on CALM’s YouTube channel.

Additionally, a series of screenings in youth centres is planned for early next year following the successful pilot that was released in October 2020. 


Brothers is a collaboration between several Havas agencies: Havas London (under the moniker HKX Productions), film and TV marketing agency Organic and digital and web production agency ekino, and is supported by fellow Vivendi company STUDIOCANAL UK. The poster was created by lauded graphic designer Pete Hanson.

The campaign, which will also be promoted through an influencer campaign comprising well-known figures from the film and television industries including Bowman, June Sarpong, Millie Brady and David Schwimmer, also includes an accompanying online guide, created by CALM, on addressing mental health issues within families.

The 15-minute film, shot in one day over the summer, part improvised and part scripted, was written and directed by Monfaradi and represents his first foray into the medium. He is best-known for his work in music videos for artists including Michael Kiwanuka, Sleaford Mods, Declan McKenna, Paolo Nutini and Arctic Monkeys.

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