One Last Spin: the music video is here!

We’re delighted to see the launch today of a music video to accompany Amanda’s beautiful song.

This has been created and produced by Mitch, the guy behind the many amazing videos at COPE Scotland’s website.

COPE has been at the forefront of providing support and advice around mental health and wellbeing in Scotland for decades. They have included attention to distress arising from gambling harms. Amanda wrote and recorded One Last Spin after becoming aware of the extent of the issue and deciding to make her own contribution to raising awareness. The story of the making of the song, how it arose from others’ ideas and work, is a great example of creative confluence – how different streams flow into one river.

So here it is. Sit back and enjoy!

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Training and Development: Gambling Harms

Most sectors that address people’s wellbeing need to be more aware that gambling can be a significant cause of harm for many thousands of people.

The documentary One Last Spin includes the voices of people harmed by gambling, and contributions from an academic, an MP and the previous manager of Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm

Severe harms from gambling may result in addiction, one often called ‘the hidden addiction’ both because it is not easy to spot but also because generally, many support services are not fully aware of its prevalence and impact.

The film will be screened in a variety of settings for different audiences such as this one, but in this post we offer the use of the film for awareness raising and as a resource in training and development for the different sectors of social service provision and other work including:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Justice system (including prisons, courts, police)
  • Education
  • Media staff
  • Workplace wellbeing
  • Mental health and addiction services (where these are taken as outside general health and social care)
  • Social work
  • Finance and debt support
  • Child and young adult welfare
  • Sport
  • Specific industries (such as music where risks are high)
  • Local and national politics
  • Local geographically based community groups
  • Religious affiliations
  • Disadvantaged communities (where risks are much higher)
  • Organisations working with specific group identities such as refugees

The list above is indicative and we are precisely aware of the dangers of ‘naming’ a group as a sector or community or an identity as a monolithic ‘block’. Work in different sectors includes work across other sectors.

Using the Film

The film is free of charge and can be used for any specified event or session. In the first instance, interested parties may like to preview the film by requesting a link to it via info@gamblingwatchscotland.org.uk

Thereafter, organisations may wish to use it as a resource in their delivery of awareness raising, training and development.

If required and where possible we may be able to provide a participant from the film to accompany screenings.

Have a look around this website to learn more about the film.

Please Share!

The film has received very positive feedback and we believe its strong impact serves well to raise the human dimension of gambling harm and the wider contexts of gambling in society.

We want as many people as possible to see the film, and would be grateful if you could share this post with colleagues and through your networks.

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A Great Online Screening with GamLEARN

We had a great online screening event with GamLEARN members in July. A great pleasure to meet such a friendly a vibrant group centred upon sharing and supporting lived experience.

The evening began with an introduction by GamLEARN’s Col Bland, and then the film was introduced by participant and Executive Producer Martin Paterson, followed by the film’s Director, Ross Donald. You can see Martin’s and Ross’s introductions here.

The screening was spoilt a bit by technical glitches but shone through these to meet with great audience responses. (And we think – and certainly hope- that the problems won’t occur again!)

Here are some comments from the audience in discussion after the meeting:

  • Thank you to all involved in producing this very impactive film. Having gambled since 9 years old in the 80’s on fruit machines in arcades, through the 90’s and 00’s with FOBT and then still gambled during the online era, something like this would certainly have been of use during these periods and I can’t say it would have stopped me as nobody can know that but I’m positive it will impact others enough to seek out support and save lives.
  • I found it helpful hearing stories from affected others . A very powerful film.
  • The film presents some really important messages. The different individual slots piece together really well and communicate a difficult and complex issue well.
  • It is a brilliant film..full of tremendously clear and moving insights.
  • I’m a Mental Health Advocate within the Civil Service and will try to push this film there too. Initially for other advocates but with a hope for wider use.
  • Thanks so much to all involved in making this powerful film.

Our Thanks

We are very grateful to GamLEARN for arranging this screening. It’s the sort of event we’d love to repeat and repeat with other groups and organisations.

Ross (left) and Martin
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A Great Five Star Review for the Film

As One Last Spin continues to pick up awards and great reviews, here’s another from Think Shorts.

A poignant documentary that delves into the world of gambling

Directed by Ross Donald, ‘One Last Spin’ is a short documentary film that delves into the addictive world of gambling. The film takes a harrowing look at the personal stories of former addicts, constructed with a series of interviews and dramatization of their struggles. A poignant watch that doesn’t shy away from revealing the perilous consequences of wagering a bet.

Throughout the entire 30-minute film, we are introduced to several survivors of the addiction, who bravely open up about the devastating consequences it had on their life and those around them. We learn about the effects it had on their mental health, financial security, relationships, career and physical health. The film takes a sombre turn as we learn about a young man’s suicide, amidst the grapple with gambling addiction. Besides the personal stories, the documentary introduces us to dominant members of society who are actively involved in the fight against gambling.

Ross Donald has put together a deeply moving film that will startle the audience from the offset. High praise to the recovering addicts who have turned their lives around, and are now open to sharing their plight in an effort to reduce shame and stigma. Visually, the film is professionally shot with outstanding cinematography (Leon Brehony & Jamie Brown). Sound, music and post-production are equally commendable. A captivating watch. Highly recommended


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“One of the most impactful things I have EVER seen”

Following the screening of the film at the Alliance’s Annual Conference last week, Hannah Gunn who organised the event with colleague Georgina Charlton has published some of the feedback so far.

Check out Hannah’s post here.

We repeat our great gratitude to the work of Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm. The feedback about the film we have received in recent months does strongly suggest its great impact and potential for raising awareness about gambling harms.

If you haven’t seen the film yet and would like to, and if you’d like to use it in your own work please do get in touch. Martin whose idea the film was, who is a main contributor to the film and Executive Producer, and who worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to see its completion is at martinpaterson07@gmail.com.

Also crucial to the film through his great skill and determination has been its director Ross Donald who gave his time for free; Ross would be happy to answer any questions relating to the production, ross@reveriefilms.co.uk.

For general enquiries and further information contact adrian@gamblingwatchscotland.org.uk.

Any of these contacts can provide a link to the film.

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Big Thanks to the Alliance!

We are so grateful to Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm at The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland for organising today’s online event which screened the film.

In particular, big thanks to Georgina and Hannah who not only arranged the event but who have administered so well the Alliance’s ongoing support of the film.

Martin, who appears in the film and is Executive Producer, and Ross, the film’s director, said at the event that without the Alliance’s support the film we would never have been made.

Will Griffiths was the first lead on the Scotland Reducing Gambling Harms programme, and although he’s moved to pastures new we’ll never forget the big contribution he also made (which includes appearing in the film).

Today’s event was very well attended by folk from a variety of backgrounds, and their feedback has been very positive. We thank everyone for their comments and suggestions of how the film can reach more people. We’ll post some comments in the next post. Here’s just one:

Highly recommend anyone and everyone watches the @onelastspinfilm film. It’s not an easy watch but I believe it is a hugely necessary one, not just for those affected by gambling harm but also those who think they aren’t or won’t be. Incredibly powerful.

– Col Bland


Thank you all!

If you missed today’s event or you’d like to see the film again do get in touch! You may want to share with colleagues, consider how you could use it in your own work, maybe work with us to design community screenings and conversations. There are some suggestions about how the film could be used and our contact details HERE.
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One Last Spin: thanks and credits

On a personal note, I am extremely grateful to everyone who participated in the making of this film. It took over two years to make because of the pandemic and if it wasn’t for the patience and perseverance of those involved, this film would have never gotten made. I also want to thank the cast and crew for giving their time and talents to this, it was a joy to work with each of you! But the biggest acknowledgement and appreciation goes to the brave participants who provided their stories for this film, we all thank you

Ross Donald, Director

Credits

Directed by: Ross Donald

Produced by: Sophie Chater, Anna Frances & Claudia Docherty

Executive Producers: Martin Paterson & Adrian Bailey

Directors of Photography: Leon Brehony & Jamie Brown

Contributors: Martin Paterson, Kelly Field, John Myers: Tony Franklin, Gerda Reith, Ronnie Cowan & William Griffiths

Starring: Brian Robson, Deborah Anderson, Sean Tizzard, Joanna Littlefield & Dean Alexander

First Camera: Delilah Rose Niel, Fiann Macleod & Luca Michelli

Second Camera: Spike Wright & Matt Gibb

Sound: David McKeitch

Gaffer: Klaudia Bourbely, Niamh Gilhooly & Leonidas Eleftheriadis

Art Director: Jenna Callaghan

Wardrobe: Hannah Danson

Hair and Make Up: Steph Brewster, Brandon Allan, Charlie McGuire

Runner: Jamie Mackinlay

Editor: Ross Donald

Colourist: Beth Woodruff

Sound Design and Mix: David Mckeitch

Composer: Owen Devlin

Graphic Designer: Dalila D’Amico

Serviced By: Media Dog Camera Hire, Progressive Broadcast Hire & Hireacamera

Support From: Alliance, Scotland Reducing Gambling Harm, GamLearn, Gamban, EPIC Risk Management, NHS Scotland

Production Company: Reverie Films

In Association With: The Machine Zone

An unflinching look at gambling addiction through the eyes of recovering addicts. One Last Spin explores the environments that condition people to gamble and the devastating effects it has on their lives and communities.

If you’d like to preview this powerful half hour film with a view to using it in your own work, organisation or community please drop us a line at info@gamblingwatchscotland.org.uk

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One Last Spin: the lyrics

Very pleased to provide the lyrics of Amanda’s beautiful song If you haven’t heard it yet do give it a listen and share. The song is a wonderful accompaniment to the film. Many of us have, to varying degrees, hearing difficulties (and probably all of us have from time to time misheard a word or phrase from a song!) Very soon the film itself will be available as a subtitled version.

The image above is from an insert card which will go inside the hard copies of a cd version. We aren’t making many of these but will give some away – for instance to those who took part in the film – and sending some copies to reviewers. From this week we are beginning to send the song digitally to the hundreds of radio stations in Scotland. Perhaps it will serve to spark discussion, for instance through phone-ins, and help raise awareness.

The film is doing well in festivals and already picking up awards (one of them for the music). If you’d like to preview the film with a view to using it in your work or for a general community event please do drop us a line at info@gamblingwatchscotland.org.uk

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How to Watch and Use ‘One Last Spin’

Everybody can view the film and use it in an event

If you’d like to see the documentary and possibly go on to use it in an online or ‘live’ event just drop us a line at info@gamblingwatchscotland.org.uk. We’ll get back to you with a link to the film. It’s free but the only thing we ask is:

Please restrict watching the film to a specific event or private viewing. Although at a later time we’ll be making a website to host the film which will be available to search engines, for the present we want the film to have a more limited availability.

The reason for this is that the film is currently entered into film festivals by Reverie Films who made it, and a requirement of these festivals is that it it isn’t on ‘general release’. Restricted viewing is fine and we’d kove to see as many people watching as possible. Some ideas for using the film are here.

By the way, there’s an interview with Ross Donald who directed the film here. The festivals will be just one way of spreading the film and raising awareness about gambling harms. In the interview, Ross is asked about the single record One Last Spin by Amanda Lehmann. Although this was released after the film’s completion it beautifully complements the film. We’ve added a post about its latest impacts here.

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Amanda Lehmann’s Song: the Blossoming

It’s little over a week since Amanda’s beautiful song was released. Listen to it here. She worked so hard on this to write and produce it but she’s far from left it there. Like many of us here she’s continuing to volunteer her own contribution to raising awareness of gambling harms. Four radio interviews already about the song and gambling harms. This one, with the Ugly American Werewolf in London, is about her personal shock upon realising the scale and nature of gambling harms. It includes a fascinating look at the ‘shape’ of the song – how it begins quietly as if looking forward to ‘a spin’, before the music descends into the pain of gambling. The interview about the song is a few minutes in.

If you haven’t seen it, the story of how Amanda came to write the song is fascinating. It shows how just a few people connecting, with a little bit of chance, can have marvellous outcomes.

While so many work so hard to raise awareness, it is so good to witness a great way to reach people through their ordinary life, here through music. Whatever changes to regulation may bring, and whatever specific gambling related campaigning achieves, we know that cultural change is slow. Sometimes a storyline in a TV soap may have great impact in raising awareness. Sometimes so can a song. Please pass this one on! As much as anything, it is simply a beautiful song before it is a ‘message’.

Again with Amanda’s help, we are pressing some copies of the song onto cd. We’ll be sending these with a media release to radio stations in Scotland. One hope is that perhaps the song will lead to listener interaction, for instance with phone-ins.

On its own the song is of great value but the way Amanda links it to the film is wonderful Thanks so much.

And our thanks to all of you who share the song.

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