This session will ask how we can change the language around masculinity and mental health. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey was inspired to present...

Happy Sad Man


The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building
2007 NSW

Vivid Ideas Exchange, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
From: $25.00
happy sad man smiling on the beach
happy sad man smiling on the beach


Genevieve Bailey

Genevieve Bailey

Genevieve grew up in Melbourne and her love of capturing moving images began when she age 8. Since then Genevieve has directed and produced over 40 films which have screened in over 50 countries, picking up over 25 awards to date. She loves empowering participants and audiences through documentary filmmaking.

I AM ELEVEN, her first feature documentary, played record breaking theatrical seasons in Australian and US cinemas and was named New York Times Critic's Pick.

David Capra with his dachshund

David Capra

Performance artist David Capra is known for his collaborations with dachshund Teena. In 2016 they appeared on the 9 Network's Today Show to promote their fragrance, Eau de Wet Dogge. In 2015 Teena's Bathtime was launched at the MCA's Jackson Bella Room, where visitors related to Teena's experiences around anxiety -Teena doesn’t quite enjoy bathtime.

In 2018 They performed "The long and short of it: Life lessons from art-dog Teena" to an audience of 5000 at TEDx Sydney and answered the question "What makes a dachshund the perfect muse?" in an article for the Guardian newspaper. In 2019 David and Teena collaborated with Kaldor Projects, producing a series of "Teena Takes on..." educational videos and Kaldor Studio project at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Matthew Slarke

Matthew Slarke

Matt is a clinical psychologist and has experience in both clinical and forensic settings. He has worked in private practice and at the Black Dog Institute. 

Matt has experience and interest in working with a range of different presentations including anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma, and OCD. He has a particular interest in working with psychosis. 

Matt is experienced in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) , Schema, and he is a certified provider of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

Event Details

This session will ask how we can change the language around masculinity and mental health. Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey was inspired to present more diverse and positive portrayals of men exploring their emotional selves. Her heart-warming documentary Happy Sad Man is an intimate look into male vulnerability, friendship and compassion.

She will reveal excerpts from the film and share stories from behind the scenes of this seven-year production to show the importance of presenting raw and honest stories with integrity. Genevieve will be joined by one of the men from the documentary, Sydney artist David Capra. David and his dachshund Teena have a long-standing history of creating socially engaged projects that make the world feel a little less lonely.

Their work explores hopes, loves and fears, and will inspire you to hold some of the men in your life that little bit closer. The final speaker Matthew Slarke is a Clinical Psychologist at the Black Dog Institute who will provide guidance about how to broach difficult conversations and ways to seek support.

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