Film of Jody’s fight against his Demons

By Ross Findon

Friday, January 17, 2014

 

Film of Jody’s fight against his Demons

The Isle of Wight film made by Tim Pritchard and Jody Neil Ruth has attracted postitve responses from around the world.

IN November 2012, Jody Neil Ruth found himself on a cliff edge, thinking about killing himself.

Jody stepped back from the edge and in a collaboration with an Island filmmaker, he has now told his story in a short film he hopes will help others.

Demons is an unflinching account of what led Jody, a 37-year-old father of three, to the point of considering suicide on Culver Cliff and his struggle to turn his life around.

He first documented his story in a blog, which he originally wrote for himself as a way of coming to terms with what was happening in his life.

The blog was shared through social media, with many people, including those close to him, contacting Jody as a result.

They thanked him for talking about those issues and said they had been through similar experiences.

He was then approached by friend, Tim Pritchard, about making a film of his experiences.

Jody, of Marlborough Road, Ryde, said: "I wasn’t sure at first but Tim said if it could help just one person. That was what convinced me."

In the film, Jody talks candidly about the impact of drug and alcohol abuse, which led to him being involved in a serious car crash.

He appeared in court, was placed on probation and underwent drug counselling.

Jody said: "They didn’t send me to prison and that was the day I knew I had to repay the faith people had shown in me."

Since the release of the film online this month, Jody has been contacted by people from around the world with messages of support.

He said: "The more people talk about these issues, the more support there will be for people and it will get rid of the stigma that surrounds it."

The project has attracted interest from mental health groups and Jody has been approached to become involved with the Semi-Colon project, which supports people coping with depression.

Tim said: "The reaction has been mind-blowing, amazing. I hope it helps get rid of some of the stigma. People should not feel like they are on their own."

The film can be viewed on demonsfilm.net (the film contains some strong language and adult themes).

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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by Russell Palin

18th January 2014, at 18:14:44

Well done Jody. The world needs people like you.

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by Graham Harrison

17th January 2014, at 17:19:30

A very brave man and an even better man for allowing this "taboo" subject to be made into a film..I for one will be sharing it with my contacts..well done to all

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