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Principal photography commences on new Microwave film Sick(er)

Date posted: 02.05.2018

Filming for Sick(er), the feature film debut from director Lucy Brydon and commissioned through our Microwave scheme, is now underway. Principal photography began on Monday 30th April, filming on location in London and Essex.

The cast, announced today, are Sian Brooke (Good Omens, Sherlock, The Terror, Doctor Foster), Amanda Burton (The Level, Silent Witness, Bronson), Fabienne Piolini-Castle and Nick Blood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Babylon, The Bletchley Circle).

Stephanie (Brooke) returns home to find her family in the full throes of wedding preparations as her mother Susan (Burton) and partner Annette (Pelka) prepare to marry. Striving to manage her anorexia back in the real world, Stephanie's real priority is re-connecting with her teenage daughter Pearl (Piolini-Castle). Sick(er) explores the murky, fractured and touching complexities of the mother-daughter-grandmother dynamic in the shadow of Stephanie's destructive eating disorder.

A first time feature film director, Lucy Brydon is a writer, filmmaker and visual artist. Her novel Shanghai Passenger was published in 2015. Brydon's short films include The Space In Between and Babe. Her feature screenplay The Boy Who Died Comfortably was shortlisted for the Sundance Institute Writer's Lab.

The creative team on the film are also exciting new talents and include Director of Photography Darran Bragg (Anomalia, Tomorrow) winner of the Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography. Costume Designer Natalie Humphries, whose television work includes One Night and was BAFTA TV nominated for In Love with Barbara. Humphries' past Assistant Costume Designer film credits include A Long Way Down, Bel Ami, My Week with Marilyn. Production Designer Sarah Jenneson has made the move to feature film from commercials, including work on Ikea, Mulberry and Netflix. Editor Erline O'Donovan steps up from her role as Assistant Editor (The Legend of Tarzan, I, Daniel Blake, Ex_Machina).

Sick(er) was commissioned through our Microwave scheme, supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, and BBC Films, with support from Creative Skillset. Sick(er) is also backed by Lions Den Films, Bright Shadow Films and Boudica Films. This is the fourth film in Microwave's new, six-strong slate to go into production. The other upcoming titles are: Looted, Mari, Violets Are BlueThe Visitor and Zero.

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