LIV features sisters Tess and Liv, who from a young age are inseparable. Liv is a young girl, growing up with relentless pressures of social media, teen depression and, often, suicidal thoughts. LIV takes us into a rare and riveting journey of raw emotions and fears of a young life on the edge — and ultimately a big sister’s desperate struggle to save her. Through fearless storytelling, LIV reveals the realities of stigma, the struggles of mental health, and the aftermath for the survivors left behind in a suicide. As a family learns to cope with their new normal, they find hope in filling a gap around fearlessly talking about mental health and ultimately to save young lives.
LIV, THE FILM
We are a group of filmmakers who believe wholeheartedly in Liv’s impact and legacy. Through her story, told by sister Tess and mom Honey, Liv’s family bravely takes us on their private journey of love and loss, to help end youth suicide.
Throughout his career Rob has created work that is internationally renowned and critically acclaimed having won D&AD pencils, Gold at Cannes Lions, One Show, London Internationals, New York Festival and Award awards. His entertainment work has also been recognised at the International Digital Emmys and the AFIs. Rob’s experience and ever evolving passion for innovation has now seen him launch multiple award winning and globally patented technology creations including the Most Powerful Arm; a Black Pencil winner, 37 Degrees; a Gold Cannes Lions winner.
Rob has successfully forged a destiny for FINCH outside the remit of film adn advertising. In addition to entertainment, he is the backbone of FINCH’s social impact and technological initiatives including Creatable; a STEM education curriculum, Nakatomi; a technology company, and The Lion’s Share Fund -- an initiative where brands are able to contribute to the protection of our natural world each time an animal image is featured in their advertisements.
The Lion's Share was awarded the 2019 Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Good and also received a D&AD Impact White Pencil in the same year.
Rob’s investment in the future and innate ability to stay relevant is what sets himself apart as a pioneer industry leader. FINCH delivers prestigious content time and time again led by Rob’s ambitious vision that rewards risk, impacts culture and pushes boundaries.
What We’re Hearing
“LIV is an honest and timely story, told in a safe manner that does not glorify the issues around mental health, but brings the issues out into the light, taking the stigma head on.”Jason D. WilliamsPsyD MS Ed, Clinical Director, Director of Quality and Safety: Children’s Hospital Colorado, Pediatric Mental Health Institute
“I have struggled with depression since 2016, and there were multiple times I have thought about taking my life. However, after watching this movie and seeing how Liv’s choice impacted her sister and mother, I understood that taking my life by suicide wasn’t an option for me anymore.”Maddie, 18Colorado
“Watching this film awakens a sense of activism to not be afraid to keep the conversation going and reduce the stigma surrounding suicide.”Jenna GloverPh.D., Director of Psychology Training, Children’s Hospital Colorado
“[The film] was life-changing. I’m not saying that I’m completely better, but I seriously don’t want to die by suicide anymore.”Aria, 17Colorado
Host a private
screening of LIV
with your people.
Soon you can host a private screening of LIV followed by a Zoom discussion with Tess Kunik, and/or a member of the filmmaking team or one of our team therapists. Told through young voices and professionals, the film sparks the need for fearless conversations and gives audiences the words to start talking and to help turn the tide of youth suicide.
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A discussion guide.
Ask. Listen. Do.
- When you ask they feel seen.
- When you’re afraid to talk you’re saying it’s so scary you can’t event talk about it.
- If you sense something is wrong it probably is.
- Push past “I’m okay” and ask “what’s going on?”
- Ask have you thought about ending your life?
- Ask are you having thoughts of suicide?
- Be fearless to ask.
- When you listen they feel less alone.
- Listen without judgement.
- Don’t try to solve it just listen.
- Keep checking in.
- Let people talk.
- Be fearless to listen.
- When you take action you show you care.
- Keep being there.
- Reassure they’re not a burden.
- You may not need to do anything but listen.
- You may need to call the suicide hotline to get help.
- You can be that person.