Media and the Inner World

‘Sick’

Starts: June 12 @ 7:00pm

Ends: June 12 @ 9:00pm

Address: The Freud Museum

MiW presented a special screening of a short film, ‘Sick’, at the Freud Museum in collaboration with Patchwork Productions and Mosaic Networking. Following the screening, there was a discussion with the film’s writer/director, Mike Rymer, its producer, Christine Hartland, and psychotherapist, Carol Leader.

‘Sick’ is a fractured psychological drama that positions the story of a father in the present, his daughter in the past, and sets them on a collision course to define their future. Screened at Mental Health events from Bosnia and Sarajevo to Nova Scotia, and used for education across the UK and Europe, the film has won 20 International Awards. It was represented by The British High Commission when receiving Malta’s prestigious Golden Knight, and was selected by 65 Film Festivals across 25 countries in 2008/9. Available in an educational version from BFI Filmstore, and as part of the Film 4 Forgotten Classics Collection, world sales are by Dazzle Films.

Speakers included:

Carol Leader is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a member of the London Centre for Psychotherapy (BPC). She is also a member, Training Therapist and Supervisor for The Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy (UKCP) where she teaches. Formerly an actor, writer and presenter, Carol worked extensively in theatre, TV and radio before re-training as a therapist. She was a member of the National Theatre, played leading roles in a number of TV series and also was one of the regular presenters of BBC’s Play School for ten years. She has been in full time private practice as a psychotherapist for fifteen years, works as a consultant for business and projects in the arts and lectures and leads seminars in a number of educational and business settings. She supervises both supervisors and psychotherapists in training at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and is ‘psychotherapist at large’ for the newly launched Free Associations, now available as a journal on the web.

‘Sick’ is the first film from new writer/director Mike Rymer, and sees him build on grass roots industry experience. Former Assistant Director to Peter Greenaway, and postgraduate of Newport Film School, he recently graduated in Script Development from the National Film and TV School, and received a scholarship to observe classes in Screen Acting at NYU.

Christine Hartland produced her first feature film, the political thriller WMD by David Holroyd (nominated Best Debut UK Feature at the East End Film Festival in 2009) which had simultaneous independent UK theatrical and iTunes releases in October 2009. WMD was described as ‘gripping’ by both The Guardian and Channel 4. She has produced many award winning short films including ‘SICK’ available at the BFI and on the Film 4 Forgotten Classics DVD Collection. She is also Executive Producer of debut feature films Life Just Is by Alex Barrett (selected at a major UK International Film Festival and in talks with a UK distributor) and Verity’s Summer by Palme d’Or Nominee Ben Crowe. She founded Patchwork Productions, which has feature projects at various stages of development; and was part of the 2009-10 Guiding Light Mentoring scheme with producer mentor Damian Jones (Oscar winning The Iron Lady).

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