• Mel Murray

The Show Must Go On


The Show Must Go On is the debut documentary by former home and away actor, Ben Steel. An intensely personal and soul-searching investigation into why entertainment industry workers struggle with their mental wellbeing.

It’s the first film I have seen which tells the story of the mental health of the 42,000 people working in the Australian entertainment industry. While ‘show business’ is often seen as glamorous, fun, exciting, and well paid, recent and alarming world-first research from Entertainment Assist and Victoria University paints a darker picture for entertainment workers. Anxiety symptoms are ten times higher, sleep disorders are seven times higher, and symptoms of depression are five times higher than the national average. Suicide attempts in the industry are double the national average.