Get Up Mum is based on the childhood memoir of author (and Satellite Ambassador) Justin Heazlewood and charts one year in the life of a 12-year old growing up in Tasmania in the early ’90s.
As a child, Justin had a hobby — obsessively capturing the voices of his family and friends on tape, including his Mum who lives with schizophrenia.
The series is an intimate portrait of what it is like to be both a kid and a carer, and a time capsule of one family’s life trying to comes to grips with mental illness in the best way they can.
So pop in a tape and catch Justin’s story, as he switches between love and loneliness, cuddles and chaos, and his quiet lament:
“of all the voices Mum hears, I wish one of them could be mine.”