Awarding winning short film powerfully explores the issue of mental illness
A new awarding winning short film, SICK, by EgoProject Films, powerfully explores the issue of mental illness. SICK is a 15 minute movie that highlights addiction, depression and anxiety by creative “out-of-the-box” means. The film gained support from Film London and the National Lottery through Screen South as well as through the UK Film Council. It won the Gold Award at the 41st Houston International Film Festival and best short film at AsterFest 2008 in Macedonia. Mike Rymer, writer and director of the film, commenting, said, “One in four people are affected by mental illness but it remains taboo. It is amazing that something so prevalent should be so unspoken and this film seeks to start breaking down some of those barriers.” The following is an excerpt of an article from Medical News Today that discusses the film more:
Winning highly prized support from Film London and National Lottery funding through Screen South and the UK Film Council, ‘SICK’ has already drawn strong praise from Samaritans. Following an International premiere in March it has been selected for 25 film festivals across 10 countries and 5 US States, winning the Gold Award at 41st Houston International Film Festival, an Honourable Mention at California’s Accolade Film Awards, and Best Short Film at AsterFest 2008 in Macedonia. It has been nominated 4 times for Best International Short Film including at Rome Independent Film Festival. ‘SICK’ is the debut film from new writer/director Mike Rymer, a graduate of the International Film School Wales at University of Wales Newport where he wrote the script.
Mike Cobb (Samaritans) said:
“‘SICK’ is a powerful depiction of how the lives of people everywhere are affected in the long and short term by mental health issues. It is a compelling and moving work that will resonate with its audiences. The film represents a journey which Samaritans volunteers know only too well.”