After being released from hospital, a conflicted twenty-something struggles to reconnect with her family following a failed suicide attempt.

‘Antelope’ is a short film based on writer/director Ben Grace’s experience of being sectioned at Antelope House after a suicide attempt in 2012, and his struggles to re-establish relationships with his family after being released.

Ben Grace worked with local NHS providers to ensure that this film was an accurate representation of mental health services in Southampton. With the permission of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, he filmed the opening scenes inside Antelope House, the secure PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) he recovered at in 2012. This film has the full blessing of local NHS service providers.

Antelope has been screened at numerous film festivals across Europe, including as part of Ideas For Wellbeing, an evening of short film and discussion of mental health, an event co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and Touch Network as part of Southampton Film Week.

In December 2017, Antelope won the Technical Jury Prize (Best Film for the Meglio Matti Che Corti 2017 competition in Modena, Italy, a national competition under the Percorto initiative program promoted by Dipartimento di Salute Mentale e Dipendenze Patologiche (Department of Mental Health and Pathological Addictions) in Italy. The competition is held in collaboration with Idee in Circolo, Nonantola Film Festival, University of Modena, Ucca, Le parole ritrovate nazionali, the Forum Mental Health Association Rosabianca, EnnesimoFilmFestival, Corti-Vivi, Radioliberamente, DramaTeatro, vibrates and Supercinemaestivo.

In addition Antelope has screened at Excited Orange Mental Health Film and Arts Festival and has been longlisted for Best British Short Film and the Hampshire Award at Winchester Short Film Festival and accepted into Dorking Film Festival 2018.

Credits / Collaborators / Cast


Maddie Willson
Becky Mills

April Willson
Joanne Russel

Rupert Willson
Wesley Budd

Dr Clive Robertson
Justin Hayward


In all, In I


Andy Willson

Humour Me
Cat Eliza T

Written, directed and edited by
Ben Grace

Aaron West

1st Assistant Director
Rachel Stephens

Lighting Technician
Elliot Wallis

Drone Operator
Howard Massey

Sound Operator
Bobo Lai
Hannah Fleming

Makeup Artist
Lisa Fudio

Sam Goold

Sound Designer
Stewart Dugdale

Andy Willson

Poster Artwork
Sophie Vorgic


Genre: Drama
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Length in minutes: 16
YEAR: 2018