In the USA today, suicide is far more common than homicide, with someone taking their own life every eighteen minutes, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge confirmed as the most popular suicide destination in the world. Inspired by an article written by Tad Friend of the New Yorker, entitled 'The Fatal Grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge', Eric Steel's documentary encapsulates the combination of suffering and the research for release of those desperate enough to find themselves on the precipice of The Bridge in 2004. Exploring at the most personal and revealing levels what drove them to this most final of decisions, The Bridge is certain to reignite the issues of the suicide barrier at the Golden Gate Bridge and to open a much needed debate on mental health care and suicide prevention. Filming 23 of the 24 people who died there in that year, Steel also interviews friends, witnesses and incredibly one man who survived is suicide attempt. Inevitably controversial, it's also an unflinching and ultimately poignant work
Eric Geleynse, Chris Brown, Susan Ginwalla, Caroline Pressley, Gene Sprague, Elizabeth 'Lisa' Smith, Rachel Marker, Tara Harrell, Lyle Smith, Dave Williams, Christina Koelling, Wally Manikow, Mary Manikow, Matt Rossi, Jen Rossi, Philip Manikow, Steve Meronek, Keith Glenn, Richard Waters, Kevin Hines
The photography in this is amazing and the families and friends were very brave to speak on camera. I couldn't tear myself away from the screen. Despite all this I felt that there could have been more of an explanation as to what we were watching. It was hard to know who people were talking about. I felt the narrative didn't always match the person being shown on screen.
Maybe the family and friends didn't want the film of the individuals to be identified but I felt it was such a personal moment, the very end of someone's life, to be watching without knowing more. Maybe that was the point because nobody knows the full story when someone jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge.