I was extremely lucky last Monday night (Sep 10) to host the Brisbane premiere of Mental at the Palace Barracks and a post film Q&A with director PJ Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding, My Best Friend’s Wedding) and star Lily Sullivan.


Based on the mix of positive and negative comments that I’ve received so far, it seems to be a divisive film.  Having since it three times though, I can definitely say that I’m a supporter.


It was great to have PJ Hogan in Brisbane and he was extremely open during the 45 minute post-film Q&A session.  I couldn’t believe so much of the film was inspired by his own life and his family’s experience with mental illness.  I was also shocked to learn that Muriel’s Wedding was funded by the French!


I was able to get a few photos of the night’s festivities which you can check out below.

PJ Hogan, Lily Sullivan & Matt Toomey
PJ Hogan, Lily Sullivan & Matt Toomey before the Q&A.
Enjoying dinner at the Stamford Plaza following the Q&A.