The Rainbow Is Black
The Rainbow Is Black is a drama about a woman being committed to a mental institution after trying to commit suicide, facing treatments dating back to the Victorian era. Her fight against this invisible illness is the catalyst for her sisters and mother to face their own demons of anger, blame, and stoic denialism, eventually driving them to make changes and amends for their past mistakes and
The Rainbow Is Black
Mental health is the BIGGEST issue that faces humanity!
The Rainbow Is Black
A deep dive exploration into the topic of family trauma and suicide, holding the hands of the characters we get to care for deeply. An authentic European cinematic drama.
MORE THAN 55,000 SUICIDES OCCUR IN THE EUROPEAN UNION EACH YEAR, INCLUDING MORE THAN 6,000 IN THE UK AND IRELAND
HOW is severe depression TREATED in the 21st century?
Let's TALK, DEBATE, CHANGE!
Meet our well-established CAST & CREW!
Rebecca Grant (Producer & Actor)
Rebecca has an extensive career in theatre and TV and is honoured to be playing Pippa in The Rainbow is Black. Her credits include Queens of Mystery for Acorn TV, Midsomer Murders, BBC Doctors, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and was a regular on BBC’s Holby City. She’s acted opposite Christian Slater in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest in the West End as well as play numerous lead roles in plays and musicals. She runs her own production Company with Steve Scrivens, Red Boot Productions, and is honoured to be brought on as Producer for TRIB to help bring Marie’s vision to the big screen.
Leo Gregory (Actor)
Leo started his career at the young age of 11, appearing in such shows as Jewels, The Upper Hand, Eastenders and The Bill. Career highlights include Out of Control which won the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film in 2002, Stoned directed by Stephen Woolley in which Leo played the leading role of Brian Jones, the BAFTA award-winning The Mark of Cain, and Dexter Fletcher’s directorial debut Wild Bill. Leo also co-produced and starred in the independent film Top Dog alongside Jason Flemyng.
Marco Robinson (Executive Producer & Actor)
Marco is the creator of the prime tv show “Get a House for Free” on Channel 4 TV Station in the UK; he is a #1 bestselling author, an award-winning entrepreneur Knighted philanthropist. Marco was given the honorary title of Dato’ Seri (knighthood) for his charity work, in helping the blind in Malaysia be allowed guide dogs into the country. This initiative started with the successful short documentary “Are You Blind” attracting over 15 million viewers on Facebook and Youtube. He is also starring in his movie, blockbuster “Legacy of Lies” which reached number 4 on Netflix.
Marie Delanote (Writer & Producer & Director)
Born in Belgium, I moved to the UK with my British husband and children in 2011. Before committing to a career as a writer and filmmaker, I had pursued a musical vocation, playing at the Royal Opera House in Belgium. I have published my first book ‘The Healing of the 1lb Baby’ in 2014. The book drew the attention of the media both in the UK and the US - I was interviewed on ITV ‘This Morning’ amongst many other platforms. My second book and CD ‘Acorns to Great Oaks – Meditations for Children’, were published in 2017 by Findhorn Press, Inner Traditions. I am the writer and executive producer on ‘The Boy and the Ladybird’, a short film about autism in pre-production with Hidden Art Films and award-winning director Ben Hyland. The Rainbow Is Black is a passion project and my directorial debut.
Tim Jolly (Director of Photography)
Tim Jolly is a British cinematographer best known for his work on the hit Netflix documentary ‘David Attenborough: ‘A Life on Our Planet’ and psychological thriller ‘Prowler’ on Amazon Prime. Tim started his career lighting Hollywood talent in the junket room and has now found a home shooting drama, documentaries, and commercials where his unique visual style layers depth into the photography.
Paulette Verlee (Composer & Musician)
Paulette's compositions are usually meditative and drenched in melancholy, although at times they manifest some frivolous traits as well. ‘I hate things to be far-fetched, so it’s a conscious decision to keep my work concise and accessible’. Paulette Verlée prefers creating an atmosphere, evoking familiar emotions, creating images in the listener’s mind. Neoclassical music with a pop structure. Veerle recently signed a contract with the record label V2RecordsBenelux and is absolutely a highly talented rising star. We feel absolutely privileged that she is writing and performing the music for The Rainbow Is Black. You can hear more of her work in the Soundcloud link.
This film, The Rainbow Is Black, brings a unique and underrepresented view into the treatment of severely depressed people in the 21st century; a significantly growing phenomenon particularly with COVID. Despite many advances in medicine, some mental health treatments date back to Victorian times. My film will make a contribution to society by shining a bright light on what goes on behind the doors of a psychiatric unit and ask the question as to whether the prescribed treatment is really a cure. Like with any art, films/storytelling we encourage the viewer to gain a wider perspective of an issue and hope to facilitate debate.
Despite advances in mental health care many depression-related treatments date back to the Victorian era such as isolation and electroshock treatment. Whilst great advances have been made, the experiences and results I have seen close up still do not address some of the fundamental challenges faced by many people who get institutionalised. Professionals react with exterior methods in order to heal something which can only heal from within.
Experiencing the effects of severe depression close up, made me think deeply about what we can do to avoid this. Through this film, I want to open a window and ask the world how can we do things differently? As the writer-director, I am passionate to shed light on the human mind and emotions and bring it up close to a wider audience.
This is a passion project; evoking debate; creating change. As the director, I want to make sure that every subtle change in emotion is picked up on. The camera stays with the characters to create and magnify the intensity and complexity of human emotions and the psyche. The lighting is dark-hazy to mirror the darkness of human trauma and the mind. The music is subtle, just the piano. No-fuss, no big statements. The music is interwoven with such simplicity, it touches the core of the soul.