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

About Antelope

‘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.

n 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.


“Southern Health is proud to support the making of the film ‘Antelope’. As an organisation, we are always striving to contribute towards innovative and creative ways in which we can continue to tackle stigma and discrimination that can be associated with mental illness. Through working with people with lived experience, we’re able to co-produce different materials and media that raises awareness and helps contribute to a community where mental health is more easily spoken about and supported.”
- Sarah Leonard, Acute Care Matron, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

"I struggle to find the words to describe what Antelope means to me. It is a real, honest and beautiful portrayal of what it is to be human - with or without a mental health struggle. It treads the fine line of hope and despair that many of us battle with on a daily basis. It has touched my soul deeply."
- Debs Carter, Touch Network

“Taking its name from a Southampton psychiatric intensive care unit, Antelope depicts with sensitivity and humanity the impact of a sudden descent into mental health crisis on a young woman and her family. In doing so, it shines a welcome and much-needed light on the challenges faced by many in our society who live daily with mental health issues.”
-Kevin Gardner, Solent Mind

“A young woman attempts to reconnect with her family following a mental breakdown. Yet discharge from primary care proves to be just the first step of a hard journey for everyone. Southampton-based director Ben Grace gives his film a real sense of heart in this poignant family drama.”
Dorking Film Festival


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

Awards / Screenings

Meglio Matti Che Corti 2017
Winner Technical Jury Prize (Best Films)

Dorking Film Festival 2018
Official Selection

Winchester Short Film Festival 2017
Best British Short Film (Longlisted)
Hampshire Prize (Longlisted)

Excited Orange Film Festival 2017
Official Selection

Southampton Film Week 2017
Ideas For Wellbeing Screening with Q&A Panel