THE sister of a popular Glasgow rapper who died at just 21 has backed a new documentary which has been made to raise awareness of the mental health and suicide crisis in young men.
Jenn Barnes joined documentary maker Hannah Currie at St Luke’s in Glasgow’s East End to unveil the Glasgow premiere date of the film.
The We Are All Here film will premiere in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation on Sunday, February 10 at an event which will feature live performances.
The film was made after Calum ‘Lumo’ Barnes was tragically discovered in the River Clyde in September, 2017. His death devastated the hip hop community in Glasgow where he gained fame through his band Deadsoundz Inc.
His sister Jenn, from the city’s Cardonald, said: “Everyone is fully supporting the documentary. The whole goal of the film is to raise awareness of mental health, and to try and help other people.”
Hannah, 29, who also now lives in the city after studying in London, added: “This will be the first time that people see the film on any sort of live scale. I am really nervous about that.
“But I was more worried about impressing Calum’s friends and family. When I showed them the film, they felt I captured who he was as a person and the story.
“Now I have their blessing and I now have the strength to show it to a wide audience, I feel I am doing his story justice.”
The documentary has already received a Mind award nomination and has been picked up by various film festivals around the UK but next year’s showing will mark its Glasgow premiere.
Hannah, who is a project manager at the Mental Health Foundation, said: “The suicide rate at the moment especially around young men is just too high. This is just our contribution to try to bring it down but we don’t have any grand ideas. It is a really complex issue.
“I know that Calum’s family want to make sure that he didn’t die in vein. He was quite vocal about mental health awareness and he didn’t actually reach out to help himself, he was all about helping other people.
“We used art created in his music and video diaries which was found by his family following his death in the film – and this allows Calum to tell his own story.
“We wanted to take all that, use it for good and make sure the message gets out there. This has completely torn his family apart and blindsided his friends, they are still grieving heavily.”
Jenn, 31, said: “I don’t think he would have ever thought he would be this famous.
“Realistically this is all his work which is being used in the film. I just wish he could have seen it – that is what is quite sad about it.”
For tickets to the premiere, which will raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation, visit https://www.musicglue.com/mhf-live/events/a9010450-bdd3-0136-7453-7646076e2d8c