When Bee’s partner takes their* own life, Bee has nowhere to turn. As a first-year surgical intern, Bee is overworked and under-appreciated, and has lost all their friends to an 80 hour work week in a profession that rewards stoicism at all costs. So, punch-drunk and alone, Bee does what any 20-something would do: text their ex.
Ash, still heartbroken from the breakup, agrees to meet - despite Bee cheating on them; despite knowing Bee is no good for them; despite how desperately they’ve been trying to get over Bee - because Bee needs them, and really - despite everything - they need Bee.
This is where our story begins. At 5am, on a spring morning in a New York City cemetery, with two people who need each other.
[image: original art by Carys Wright]
*The characters in the world of Tomorrow Tomorrow are not gendered. We are referring to both Ash and Bee using "they/them/their" as a third-person singular pronoun.
While drafting and redrafting the script, I was concerned that Tomorrow Tomorrow might be glorifying suicide. I spoke to my friend who works for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - let’s call her Sarah. Sarah told me that they put out alerts whenever a piece of mass media deals with suicide, as the number of calls they receive increases:
“When the new season of 13 Reasons Why came out, it was all hands on deck,” she said, “same with A Star is Born.”
“Is there any show or film that you think dealt with suicide well?” I said.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend does a really good job with mental illness, but even then we had to put out an alert when they had a storyline about suicide. They dealt with it sensitively, but they discussed the method and that always leads to more calls.”
“Is there any way to deal with suicide without sensationalising it, and putting people at risk?” I said.
“Well, showing or discussing the method is definitely not good, but I mean… unfortunately there isn’t really anything you can do. Even mentioning the word in front of a depressive person increases the likelihood that they will attempt it, and if you’re putting it in a movie, you’re sensationalising it. It’s a movie. But that’s not a reason to censor yourself. It is a part of life, and I would actually say that people don’t talk about it enough. All you can do is be sensitive and considerate about why it’s in there.”
- Hugo Lau [creator/writer/producer]
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[image: original art by Jean-Christophe Arnold]