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The Stranger On The Bridge

The Stranger On The Bridge

  • R
  • 2015
  • 46mins
SubtitlesEnglishThaiIndonesianStarringJonny BenjaminOn 14 January 2008 Jonny Benjamin went to Waterloo Bridge to take his own life. He had recently been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and was in hospital receiving treatment. He thought that his life was over and he could see no hope for the future.A stranger who happened to be walking along the bridge that day stopped and managed to talk him down. Jonny was subsequently taken by the police back to hospital and never saw the stranger again. He never had the chance to thank the Good Samaritan he named 'Mike' for what he did that January morning, which Jonny attributes to helping him turn things around.The 'Finding Mike' campaign began six years later when Jonny launched his search to find him. The campaign exceeded all his expectations by going viral around the world. Its hashtag #findmike trended on Twitter in the UK, Australia, and South Africa, and the story was shared by thousands on social media. Meanwhile, Jonny was giving interview after interview both nationally and internationally, from BBC Radio 4 to CNN to Australian breakfast television.The film ends with Jonny finally being reunited with the real ‘Mike' in a very emotional meeting in which he finally gets to say thanks and close the chapter on this very difficult period of his life. This film is about hope. It shows how one act of kindness can change the world.