Drunk on Too Much Life is an intimate documentary that follows the filmmaker, her husband and their 21-year-old daughter’s epic journey from locked-down psych wards and diagnostic labels towards expansive worlds of creativity, connection and greater meaning. On their journey, the family learns that madness has meaning that goes far beyond brain chemistry
"Drunk on Too Much Life" is a brave and powerful personal documentary that radically makes us rethink 'mental illness’. It is a must-view film for mental health practitioners and families alike as it offers a unique, holistic, and much-needed perspective on the journey towards recovery."
Professor, School of Social Work
Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson)
This intimate feature documentary, Drunk on Too Much Life follows the filmmaker, her husband, and their 21-year-old-daughter’s epic journey from locked-down psych ward and countless medications towards expansive worlds of creativity, connection and greater meaning. On her journey of self-discovery, Corrina and her family learn that madness has meaning that goes far beyond brain chemistry and recovery is not a straight path to being cured but a crooked and bumpy journey and series of small awakenings.
A grass-roots celebration of holistic care through self-awareness, supportive communities and peer-support, Drunk on Too Much Life shows how lasting healing and transformation happens on each of these levels simultaneously: in ourselves, our families, our communities, and our society at large.
Subject Areas: Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Disability Studies, Mad Studies, Education, Special Education, Narrative Medicine, Creative Arts.
"Drunk on Too Much Life" tells an expansive story of mental health that uplifts all facets of what makes us human: creativity, connection, and culture. The documentary invites the audience to transcend an illness-only paradigm of mental health, and witness the transformative potential when storytelling and meaning-making are foregrounded in these experiences.
“We’ve all heard stories of mad artists or seen biopics about creative geniuses who channelled their inner demons into radical, transformative art. The doc explores these ideas with a personal approach as Corrina and other mental health advocates inspire audiences to frame the ways in which we perceive and discuss mental health.”
"An important film that invites us to examine our preconceptions about mental illness and the way language and labels limit our understanding. Deeply intimate and compassionate, this film teaches us that we are all connected and that healing takes place in community."
“Melles' film, Drunk on Too Much Life is an intimate, emotional journey of recovery that’s consistently compelling and thought-provoking…. Drunk on Too Much Life offers a new perspective on how society views mental illness.”
“[Drunk on Too Much Life] strives to change how people perceive those with mental health issues framing their conditions as potentially insightful gives rather than burdensome disorders and will lead to conversations about ways the Canadian [and American] mental health programme succeeds and fails to accommodate and support young people in their healing.”
""Drunk on Too Much Life" is a beautiful exploration of a family's journey to understand, survive, and celebrate their daughter's mental health challenges. Through a heartfelt examination of language, mysticism, art, and nature, this film questions so much of what we know about psychosis and alternate realities and has the power to change how we understand and approach treatment and healing."