Augusto Ltd presents in association with NZME and with the support of NZonAir a web series Jessica’s Tree

Director Jazz Thornton    Writer & Executive Producer Cass Avery    Producer Alex Reed    Editors Julie Alp & Margot Francis
Directors of Photography James Moore & Olly Harris    Artwork Kristina Webb


“I watched Jessica’s Tree with a mixture of profound sadness and hope at the same time.Out of the unimaginable loss of a young woman through suicide, comes a story with a strong message of hope. There are lessons for all of us….”


“This show is a game changer”


“I have never seen a show about suicide that has been both sad and hopeful. Incredible accurate depiction from real life experience that will change the way you think.”




Jessica’s Tree is an incredibly personal view of what it is to be suicidal and what you can do to help.

Jessica’s Tree is an insightful and revealing story about what suicide looks like from the inside, from someone looking back out at those wanting to help.

The series is an ambitious narrative puzzle told through the eyes of Jazz Thornton, a 22-year-old Film School graduate who lost her close friend Jess to suicide 3 years ago.

Director Jazz Thornton has been suicidal and after her friend Jess took her own life Jazz knew that Jess’s story was important. In Jessica’s Tree Jazz pulls together the threads of Jess’s story by re-connecting the people who came together over the last 24 hours of Jess’s life. For that 24 hours, Jess was missing. Hers was the absent voice that could have told them all everything they wanted to know, because suicide leaves so many questions, there is so much people wish they understood. Jazz is, in part, that missing voice. Her own experience with suicide gives Jessica’s Tree an incredibly personal view of what it is to be suicidal.

Jessica’s Tree is Jazz Thorton’s ambition to build bridges between those who are suicidal and those around them who can help.

Something Jazz understands very well is that people who are suicidal often feel silenced. Will they be believed? Will they be heard? Will they be helped? She also understands what’s it’s like to be on the other side trying to help and she shares incredible insight to how we can do that.

Voices of Hope was Co-Founded by Jessica’s Tree director Jazz Thornton. The mental health charity aims to provide hope and provoke change through online content and story telling.

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