Body of Water

Talent Showcase 2020
  • Scheme: Microwave
  • tags: Drama/Scripted
  • People: Lucy Brydon, Dan Cleland, Jeanette Sutton
  • Duration: 95 minutes

Body of Water Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2016
  • Year of release: 2020


  • Writer/Director: Lucy Brydon
  • Producer: Dan Cleland, Jeanette Sutton

Stephanie (Sian Brooke) returns home to find her family in the full throes of wedding preparations as her mother Susan (Amanda 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 (Fabienne Piolini-Castle).

Body of Water explores the murky, fractured and touching complexities of the mother-daughter -grandmother dynamic in the shadow of Stephanie’s destructive eating disorder.

British director Lucy Brydon’s Body of Water, exploring the ramifications of a woman’s eating disorder across her family, is a sensitive and distinctive debut feature deserving of a wider release

Sight & Sound

A sobering, difficult but intelligent drama

The Guardian

Characters evolve (or devolve) over the course of a series of beautifully written confrontations, and Brydon brings things to a bold and uncompromising conclusion.

Little White Lies

Empire ★★★★

Total Film ★★★★

The Skinny ★★★★

Radio Times ★★★★

Release Information

Released 16 October 2020 through Verve Pictures

Production company/ies: Lions Den Films

Find out more

Sight & Sound review review

Empire review

Little White Lies review

The Skinny review

The Guardian review

BFI interview with Lucy Brydon

Evening Standard interview with Lucy Brydon

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