Bedford film student battles storms and coronavirus to highlight mens’ mental health challenges

Matthew Jolaosho, in grey top, directing at a court room scene of Battle Within
Matthew Jolaosho, in grey top, directing at a court room scene of Battle Within

A Bedford film student has battled storms and coronavirus to highlight the challenges men face with mental health in a new feature film.

Film maker Matthew Jolaosho’s new production, Battle Within, looks at how men hide their mental health challenges.

This is a specialist subject close to Matthew’s heart as he also cares for those with mental health and learning challenges.

Travelling to Nigeria in February to make the film, Mathew was all set to get home and start promoting the film when Storm Dennis hit and grounded flights.

And when he was finally back in the UK, coronavirus hit, putting all his plans out of sync.

“But, I had been lucky to get all the filming completed and post-production I will be considering our launch options with distributors,” said Matthew.

Matthew who is Nigerian and British, is hopeful there will be interest in the film here and in Nollywood, the affectionate name for the Nigerian film industry.

Matthew is studying Media Production at Bedford College and this month he goes on the top up year of his degree, with plans for two more films.

“Bedford College is good environment and I am looking forward to my final year in this lovely location,” he said.

Mathew co-directed the film alongside multiple-award winning Imoh Umoren. Find out more about Matthew’s work at

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