A documentary film made for SKY

This is a positive film.

A hopeful film.

After a year which we’d all happily leave behind I wanted to create something that could help people who were struggling with their mental health.


This is a film about my good mate – The Loosehead – Joe Marler – England rugby legend.

Joe’s been very open about his depression, he’s a giant, a larger than life character. He has tremendous empathy.


In this film he travels the country and meets extraordinary people, each finding a different way of letting the light in.

It’s time we all understand that depression and mental illness are part of life and that we don’t have to soak up the pressures of modern life alone.

This film aspires to inspire

It’s good to talk.


The full film is now free to watch on YouTube.

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for a link.


SKY presents

A Ridley Scott Creative Group/RSA Films Production

Big Boys Don’t Cry

Filmed and Directed by

Gray Hughes

Produced by

Lisa Joseph

Senior Story Editor

Kate Hampel

Executive Producers

For RSA Films

Kai-Lu Hsiung

Dominic Crossley-Holland

Caspar Delaney

Damiano Vukotic

Executive Producers

For Brand Directors

Jules Fuller

James Hayr

Director of Photography

Sam Goldie

Casting Director

Josie Bevan


Felipe Lacerda

Assistant Editors

Aiden Jordan

Andy Atkinson

Erlend Palm

Tom Higgins

Archive Editor

Owen Davies

Archive Producers

Cath Royle

Alex Rodger

Very Special Thanks To

Daisy, Jasper, Maggie & Felix Marler • Marcus Smith • Will Stadler • Paula Bendon • Vivienne Rickman • Hamish Mackay-Lewis • CEO of Calm: Simon Gunning •

Milla Alexander • Maggie Norris & The Big House Drama Group

Nicki Williamson & The Tottenham Community Choir

Salty Sea Birds

1st Ac

Karl Hui

Camera Operators

Leo Williams

Luka Marchant

Drone Operators

Mark Wynne

Lewis Getting

Camera Assistants

Mark Kaye

Rhys Nimmo

Sound Recordists

Pasha Shilov

Jake Whitelee

Patrick Owen

Steve Hopett

Sound Assistant

Lawrence Meads

Production Manager

Rob Mercer

Production Assistant

Karen Graham

1st AD

Matt Lawson


Archie Nutley

James Bendon

Kwesi McLeod

Ned Frankau

Will Olds


Ashley Hicks

Matthew Hicks

Matt Cole

Paul Clements


James Knight


Zach Kassapi

Second Unit Director

Toral Dixit

Edit Producers

Andy Atkinson

Anna Keel

Stills Photographer

Andy Hooper


Drew Mcrae

Sheila Harrington

Dawn Midgley

Post Production

Absolute Post

Executive Producer for Absolute Post

Sally Heath

Post Producer

Hannah Whitehill

Online Editor

David Craddock

Social Editor

Tom Boucher


Matt Turner

Dubbing Mixer

Eclectic TV

Executive Producer for Eclectic TV

Cliff Wilson

Original Music by

Smith & Elms/Eclectic Music

“Less life” by Someone Anyone


Bark Soho

Sound Designer

James Benn

Sound Producer

Cliff Wilson

Production Operations Manager for Sky

Sarah Hussain

Senior Producer for Sky Sports

James Lewis

Executive Producer for Sky

Kate Norum

Made in association with


© Sky UK Limited 2021