Based on a true story, a family struggle to save their youngest daughter as an Eating Disorder threatens to take her away.
About The Film
When her sister is diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa, a first-year medical student returns home as the family struggles to fix the disorder before it’s too late.
While there is a growing amount of awareness and materials that focus on mental health and eating disorders, during my own experience, I found that there was little support or openness for friends/family members of the affected. Understandably, there are some media TV/films that tackle this subject, from the perspective of the person suffering from the eating disorder. However, I’ve often found that these provide a ‘glamourized’ version of events. Or more often than not, have a guaranteed happy ending…
I personally feel like it’s important to show the good and the bad sides of a family going through something like having a child with an eating disorder. The moments of happiness and the devastating blows which can be caused and felt by anyone in the family.
As someone who was indirectly affected by an eating disorder, I found there was a huge pressure to be ‘perfect’, to never say anything wrong or feel anything that could be detrimental, because I knew the results could be catastrophic.
Through this storytelling I want others like me to see and understand that it’s ok to mess up, it’s ok to feel angry, upset, alone and lost, even while doing your best to try and help a person in your life recover from an eating disorder or other mental illness.
Thanks to your generosity we were able to complete the filming of Disordered in January this year! We're really excited to share some stills from the film and behind the scenes photographs with you!
Meet the Team.
What we need.
We were lucky enough to raise a fantastic £4,000 from crowdfunding and the generous donations of multiple charities which enabled us to go ahead with the production of Disordered.
Now we are hoping to raise a further £2,500 to help pay for:
- Post-production - sound design, music composition, colour grading
- Festival submission and promotion, to help get the content to as many people as possible!
We know that this is a lot of money to ask for, however, we're really passionate that this film gets made in a way that's truthful to life and we're able to put it out there so as many people can see it and benefit from it as possible!
We know that the pandemic also has had a huge impact on everyone's finances and your ability to donate.
If you are able to financially contribute, we’d be forever grateful, but if not, spreading the word about the campaign could also make a huge difference.
We are offering some rewards and experiences for those who want to make an investment!
- £10 - Handwritten, 'Disordered' thank you postcard
- £20 - PDF of the shooting script
- £30 - MP4 of the finished film before public release
- £75 - Special thanks at the end of the film
- £100 - Exclusive look at the storyboard and BTS materials
- £500 - Associate Producer credit at the end of the film
Between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK are directly affected by an eating disorder within their lifetime, most commonly between the ages of 16 and 40.
I believe that almost everyone knows, or has known of someone close to them who has suffered with an eating disorder. The ‘average’ eating disorder can last between 5 and 8 years and with eating disorders having the highest mortality rates among psychiatric disorders, I believe there’s a huge gap in support and community for those indirectly affected by such disorders.
On top of that, research suggests that individuals who have family members with eating disorders are more likely to develop one themselves when compared to individuals who have no family history of these illnesses.
A short film, like this one, would therefore have a huge impact and reach within this community of people who can be massively impacted, indirectly by an eating disorder.
The finished film will go on to be submitted to UK and international film festivals. We are also planning to distribute the film for use as an educational tool, with screenings for carers, healthcare professionals, social care and education professionals. The film will also be provided to schools and charity beneficiaries.