23rd May 2015
'SICK' Trailer (2007)
35mm short film 'SICK' by Mike Rymer was financed by South
London, Maudsley Charitable Funds and The London Borough of
Wandsworth. The film is available in the BFI shop in the
'Breaks the silence on key mental health issue' - Society Guardian
'A subtle yet forceful story sensitively portrayed' - Film London
'A compelling and moving work that will resonate with its audiences' - Samaritans
'An excellent teaching aid' - Dr. Julie Goldstein (Psychologist, Psychotherapist, and Lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London)
The film follows Amanda, a young mother battling with alcoholism and depression, who is dependent on her parents for her son's welfare. Now that her mother has died, and her father Brian has put her son into social care, the relationship between father and daughter is in crisis.
The 15 minute drama paints a landscape of depressive circumstance to inspire a range of discussion about the various conditions of depression, anxiety, and wider mental health concerns in a personal and social context.
Screened at Mental Health events from Bosnia and Sarajevo to Nova Scotia, and used for education across the UK and Europe, the film has won 20 International Awards. It was represented by The British High Commission when receiving Malta's prestigious Golden Knight, and was selected by over 65 Film Festivals across 25 countries in 2008/9.
Mike Rymer - writer / director