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Happy Sad Man

M 93 MIN
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HAPPY SAD MAN is a charming and uplifting insight into the lives of five very different Australian men.
Following her smash hit I AM ELEVEN, Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey was inspired to find more diverse and positive portrayals of men exploring their emotional selves.

We journey from Bondi Beach to the outback; we laugh and cry alongside a war photographer traversing global conflict zones, we visit a farmer and outreach worker from rural Victoria, a musical nomad and a sensitive dog-loving artist. Each portrait is an intimate and heartwarming look into vulnerability, friendship and compassion.

HAPPY SAD MAN gives unforgettable voice to the complex emotional landscapes we can all traverse. Touching, funny and tender, this must-see documentary is set to shine a light on and change the dialogue around masculinity and mental health today. Exploring hopes, anxieties, joy and darkness the raw vulnerability of these stories will inspire you to hold some of the men in your life that bit closer.


"The most important film you’ll see this year"

- The Curb

"Without ever feeling forced or intrusive, the film breathes with honesty and intimacy and is clearly designed as a push-back against the stereotype men have long been lumbered with"

- 3AW

"Happy Sad Man reveals the vulnerability of men dealing with mental illness and creates a space for radical kindness"

- The Conversation

Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 7th November


93 min





Participating Cinemas

Palace Norton Street, The Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St