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'Sick(er)' explores how women self-identify in a world that presents us with constantly conflicting perceptions of what it is to be female. It examines the destructive nature of eating disorders and body dysmorphia within a narrative film framework.
Stephanie, a woman in her mid-thirties, is trying to overcome chronic anorexia in order to re-establish her relationship with her daughter, Pearl. Pearl now lives with Stephanie's mother, Susan and her fiancee Annette. The burden of Stephanie's illness puts pressure on their relationship, with Pearl angry at her mother but also hopeful that Stephanie is getting better. Stephanie is also challenged by a tension quietly simmering between herself and Susan, while attempts to find solace in a relationship with her nurse, Shaun, invite more turmoil.


Type of film
Running Time
93 mins
Lucy Brydon
Dan Cleland, Jeannette Sutton
Matt Wilson
Executive Producer
Ian Davies, Denery Fenouil, Charlie Moretti
Erline O'Donovan-Clarke
Lucy Brydon
Director of Photography
Darran Bragg
Production Designer
Sarah Jenneson
Principal Cast
Sian Brooke, Amanda Burton, Fabienne Piolini-Castle, Nick Blood
VFX Editor
Sam Hodge

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Last updated 17th February 2019

Production Company

A Lions Den Films (UK), Boudica Films (UK), Bright Shadow Films (HK) production, commissioned by Microwave, a Film London initiative

Lions Den Films
Dan Cleland
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