Empire of Light: Sam Mendes and Olivia Coleman say mental health still has 'weird stigma'

Interviews with stars of new film Empire Of Light - Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward and Tanya Moodie as well as director Sir Sam Mendes.Director Sir Mendes said “social awkwardness” plays a big part in the difficulties people have discussing mental health, as he launched his latest film in Kent.Empire Of Light is set in a dilapidated cinema in a 1980s coastal town and is billed as both a love letter to cinema and a love story between Olivia Colman’s Hilary and Micheal Ward’s Stephen.The film also discusses mental health – Hilary has a mental illness and is based loosely on Sir Sam’s mother – and also race, as Ward’s character faces racial prejudice throughout the film.PA