Elizabeth is Missing (2019)

Introduction

Elizabeth Is Missing is a television drama film directed by Aisling Walsh, adapted by Andrea Gibb from the novel of the same name by Emma Healey. It was broadcast on 08 December 2019 on BBC One. It stars Glenda Jackson as Maud, an elderly woman living with dementia who struggles to piece together a double mystery.

It premiered on PBS on 03 January 2021 as part of its Masterpiece anthology series.

Outline

Maud, a grandmother in her 80s living with Alzheimer’s disease, relies on sticky notes to get through the day as her memory slowly deteriorates. One day her best friend, another elderly woman named Elizabeth, fails to meet her as promised. Maud begins to believe something sinister has happened to Elizabeth, but her attempts to raise the alarm are dismissed by those around her. She is forced to investigate on her own as her memory flashes back to the mystery of another disappearance: that of her elder sister, Sukey, 70 years earlier.

Ultimately, Maud’s daughter Helen learns that Elizabeth is not missing, she is in the hospital having become sick following gardening with Maud. Prompted by Maud, Helen digs in the garden of Maud’s home and uncovers the skeletal remains of Sukey. Sukey’s body had been buried there by Frank, Sukey’s husband, when the neighbourhood was first being constructed 70 years earlier after he had killed her.

cast

  • Glenda Jackson as Maud Horsham, a widowed grandmother living with Alzheimer’s disease who lives alone.
  • Liv Hill as Young Maud Palmer.
  • Sophie Rundle as Susan “Sukey” Jefford, Maud’s sister who went missing seventy years earlier.
  • Helen Behan as Helen, Maud’s daughter.
  • Nell Williams as Katy, Helen’s daughter and Maud’s granddaughter.
  • Mark Stanley as Frank Jefford, Sukey’s husband.
  • Neil Pendleton as Douglas, a lodger who stays with Sukey, Maud and their parents.
  • Sam Hazeldine as Tom Horsham, Maud’s son who lives in Germany.
  • Maggie Steed as Elizabeth, Maud’s friend.
  • John-Paul Hurley as Mr Palmer, Maud and Sukey’s father.
  • Michelle Duncan as Mrs Palmer, Maud and Sukey’s mother.
  • Linda Hargreaves as Carla, Maud’s carer.
  • Tom Urie as a desk sergeant.
  • Anna-Maria Nabirye as Detective Sergeant Grainger.
  • Rachel Mcphail as PC Pam.
  • Stuart McQuarrie as Peter, Elizabeth’s son.

Background

Elizabeth Is Missing is based on the novel of the same name by Emma Healey, published in 2014. Glenda Jackson, who left acting in 1992 to begin a 23-year career as a Labour Party MP, returned to the stage in 2015. She stated that she was inspired after director Aisling Walsh approached her about the role in New York. “I read the script and the book, and they concern issues I have been banging on about for a decade. We are living in a society where no political party, at least in my country, has addressed the issue of how we provide the money to provide the care that an elderly population needs,” Jackson told The New York Times. To prepare for the role, Jackson met with a doctor from Dementia UK, who she said “explained that the anger that many patients with dementia express was frustration.”

Production

STV Studios were responsible for Elizabeth Is Missing, which was filmed in July and August 2019 in Scotland. Paisley, Renfrewshire, stood in for an English town in flashbacks to the 1940s.

Release

Elizabeth Is Missing was well received by critics, who praised the outstanding performance by Glenda Jackson, who returned to television after a 27-year absence.

On 31 July 2020, Jackson won the BAFTA TV award in the leading actress category.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Aisling Walsh.
  • Producer(s):
    • Sarah Brown … executive producer.
    • Victoria Dabbs … line producer.
    • Andrea Gibb … executive producer.
    • Gaynor Holmes … executive producer: BBC.
    • Chrissy Skinns … producer (produced by).
    • Mark Thomas … executive producer: Creative Scotland.
  • Writer(s):
    • Andrea Gibb … (written by).
    • Emma Healey … (based on the novel by).
  • Music:
    • Dominik Scherrer.
  • Cinematography:
    • Lukas Strebel … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
    • Alex Mackie.
  • Production:
    • STV Productions.
    • BBC One (for).
  • Distributor(s):
    • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (2019) (UK) (TV) (BBC One).
    • BBC One (UK) (TV).
    • Canal+ Polska (2021) (Poland) (TV).
    • HBO Latin America (2020) (Argentina) (TV).
    • KRO-NCRV (2021) (Netherlands) (TV) (NPO2).
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (2021) (USA) (TV).
    • Yleisradio (YLE) (2021) (Finland) (TV).
  • Release Date: 08 December 2019 (UK).
  • Running Time: 87 minutes.
  • Rating: 12.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

Fear of Rain (2021)

Introduction

Fear of Rain (also titled I Saw a Man with Yellow Eyes) is an upcoming American psychological thriller film written and directed by Castille Landon and starring Katherine Heigl, Madison Iseman, Israel Broussard, Eugenie Bondurant, and Harry Connick Jr.

Outline

A girl living with schizophrenia struggles with terrifying hallucinations as she begins to suspect her neighbour has kidnapped a child. The only person who believes her is Caleb – a boy she is not even sure exists.

Cast

  • Madison Iseman as Rain Burroughs.
  • Katherine Heigl as Michelle Burroughs.
  • Israel Broussard as Caleb.
  • Eugenie Bondurant as Dani McConnell.
  • Harry Connick Jr. as John Burroughs.

Production

Principal photography began in April 2019 in Tampa, Florida, and St. Petersburg, Florida. In November 2019, it was announced that the film was in post-production.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Castille London.
  • Producer(s):
    • Lori Abrams … co-producer / executive producer.
    • Kevin Adler … executive producer.
    • Nicolas Chartier … executive producer.
    • Lisa D’Ambrosio … executive producer.
    • Jonathan Deckter … executive producer.
    • Tommy Kelly … executive producer.
    • Dominic Medina … assistant producer.
    • Don Miggs … executive producer.
    • Robert Molloy … producer.
    • Dori A. Rath … producer (p.g.a.).
    • Joseph Restaino … producer (p.g.a.).
    • Joe Riley … producer.
    • Jessica Steinbrenner … executive producer.
    • Tony Stopperan … executive producer.
  • Writer(s): Castille London.
  • Music: Jamie Muhoberac.
  • Cinematography: Joshua Reis.
  • Editor(s): Morgan Halsey.
  • Production:
    • Sweet Tomato Films.
    • Zero Gravity Management.
    • Buzzfeed.
    • Hungry Bull Productions.
    • Mirror Image Films.
    • Pinstripe Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • GEM Entertainment (2020) (Non-US) (all media) (multi-territory).
    • The Searchers (2021) (Netherlands) (theatrical).
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2020) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East, North Africa and Iran).
    • Lionsgate (2021) (USA) (all media).
    • Storm Pictures Korea (2021) (South Korea) (all media).
    • The Searchers (2021) (Belgium) (all media).
  • Release Date: 12 February 2021.
  • Running Time: 104 minutes.
  • Rating: PG-13.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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In Sickness (2015)

Introduction

In Sickness is a 2015 drama, thriller film by director Julius B. Kelly.

Outline

After you take your vows, what happens when the future is nothing like what you envisioned? As a man spirals deeper and deeper into his mental illness, his young wife is forced to question whether love really is enough.

Cast

  • Lukas Hassel … Andrew Madera.
  • Nicole Vogt-Lowell … Kendall Madera.
  • Sal Rendino … Dr. Poslow.
  • Vincent Ticali … Father / Angel Madera.
  • Jim Thalman … Rob.
  • Joy Shatz … Michelle.
  • Judy San Roman … Hailey Denton.
  • John J Thomassen … Anthony Denton.
  • Christopher Gucciardo … Jack Milbourne.
  • Brian Alevis … Waiter.
  • Jeanie Starr … Babs / Bartender.
  • Joseph Cipollino … young Andrew.
  • Donna Taliaferro … Masi.
  • Fred Wallenmaier … Dr. Wallenmaier.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Julius B. Kelly.
  • Producer(s):
    • Brian Alevis … associate producer.
    • Christopher Gucciardo … producer.
    • Lukas Hassel … producer.
    • Ken Kushner … producer.
    • Judy San Roman … executive producer / producer.
    • Joy Shatz … producer.
    • Rob Simmons … producer.
    • Jim Thalman … associate producer.
  • Writer(s): Adam Johnson and Judy San Roman.
  • Music: Eros Cartechini.
  • Cinematography: Jordan C. Riggs.
  • Editor(s): Andrew Damon Henriques and Jordan C. Riggs.
  • Production: Reelhouse Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 20 October 2015 (NoHu International Short Film Festival, US) and 29 December 2020 (Internet, UK and US).
  • Running Time: 83 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country:
  • Language:

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Beware of Dog (2020)

Introduction

Beware of Dog is a 2020 dram film by director Nadia Bedzhanova.

Outline

Alienated in politically-ambiguous Moscow, a young woman deals with severe OCD, while her cousin in Berlin tries to build a romantic relationship ignoring her own condition. In a parallel New York City realm, a heartbroken boxer struggles with addiction, self worth and online anxiety, which connects all the characters on a universal level.

Cast

  • Buddy Duress … Mike.
  • Kevin Iso.
  • Paula Knüpling … Paula.
  • Gladston Makhib … Stranger.
  • Yelena Nesterova … Doctor.
  • Dan Perlman … Dan.
  • Marina Prados.
  • Emily Bahr-de Stefano … Emily.
  • Pavel Tabakov … Sacha.
  • Marina Vasileva … Marina.
  • Eagle Witt … Passerby.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Nadia Bedzhanova.
  • Producer(s):
    • Lilit Abgarian … executive producer / producer.
    • Nadia Bedzhanova … executive producer.
    • Olya Korovkina … co-producer.
  • Writer(s): Nadia Bedzhanova.
  • Music: Julian Stetter.
  • Cinematography: Nadia Bedzhanova.
  • Editor(s): Tom Knight.
  • Production: Freestyle Digital Media.
  • Distributor(s): Millennial PR.
  • Release Date: 25 January 2020 (Slamdance Film Festival, US).
  • Running Time: 88 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US, Germany, and Russia.
  • Language: English, German, and Russian.

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Mad World (2016)

Introduction

Mad World (Cantonese: 一念無明) is a 2016 Hong Kong drama film directed by Wong Chun and starring Shawn Yue, Eric Tsang, Elaine Jin and Charmaine Fong.

Outline

Tung, a former financial analyst who is struggling with bipolar disorder, is placed in the custody of his truck-driver father after being dismissed from a mental health institution.

Cast

  • Shawn Yue as Tung.
  • Eric Tsang as Tung’s father.
  • Elaine Jin as Tung’s mother.
  • Charmaine Fong as Jenny.

Trivia

  • It is Wong’s directorial debut after winning the First Feature Film Initiative.
  • It was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Wong Chun.
  • Producer(s): Derek Chiu and Heiward Mak.
  • Writer(s): Florence Chan.
  • Music: Yusuke Hatano.
  • Cinematography: Zhang Ying.
  • Editor(s): Wong Chun.
  • Production: Mad World Limited.
  • Distributor(s): Golden Scene.
  • Release Date: 08 September 2016 (Toronto International Film Festival) and 30 March 2017 (Hong Kong).
  • Running Time: 101 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: Hong Kong.
  • Language: Cantonese.

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Huey (2020)

Introduction

Huey is a 2020 drama, thriller by director Brenden Singh.

Outline

A failing writer struggles to deal with his rocky mental health and the cold stares of a random woman in a coffee shop, fighting a losing battle to maintain self control.

Cast

  • Bryan Moriarty … Huey.
  • Daisy Boyden … Lucy.
  • Philip Ridout … Psychiatrist.
  • Emma Bugg … Beth.
  • Jacob Meadows … James.
  • Magdalena Fiedlerova … Model Victim (as Magdaléna Fiedlerová).
  • Arianne Hargrave … Jess.
  • Rui Lourenço … Extra 2#.
  • Mathias Löffler … Mathias.
  • Rita Medeiros … Extra 3#.
  • Julia Muszalska … Pub Extra 1#.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Brenden Singh.
  • Producer(s): Brenden Singh.
  • Writer(s): Brenden Singh.
  • Music: Adina Nelu.
  • Cinematography: Brenden Singh.
  • Editor(s): Brenden Singh.
  • Production: Timere Media.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 2020 (UK) and 08 January 2021 (India, internet).
  • Running Time: 70 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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Sibyl (2019)

Introduction

Sibyl is a 2019 French comedy-drama film directed by Justine Triet and starring Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Gaspard Ulliel.

A jaded psychotherapist returns to her first passion of becoming a writer.

Outline

Sibyl is a psychotherapist who returns to her first passion: writing. Her newest patient, Margot, is a troubled up-and-coming actress, who proves to be too tempting a source of inspiration. Fascinated almost to the point of obsession, Sibyl becomes more and more involved in Margot’s tumultuous life.

Cast

  • Virginie Efira as Sybil.
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos as Margot Vasilis.
  • Gaspard Ulliel as Igor Maleski.
  • Sandra Hüller as Mikaela “Mika” Sanders.
  • Laure Calamy as Édith.
  • Niels Schneider as Gabriel.
  • Paul Hamy as Étienne.

Production

Filming took place in Paris, in studios located in Lyon and on the Italian island of Stromboli.

Release

Sibyl received mixed reviews from critics.

Trivia

  • It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Justine Triet.
  • Producer(s): David Thion and Philippe Martin.
  • Writer(s): Justine Triet and Arthur Harari.
  • Music:
  • Cinematography: Simon Beaufils.
  • Editor(s): Laurent Senechal.
  • Production: Les Films Pelleas and Scope Films.
  • Distributor(s): Le Pacte.
  • Release Date: 24 May 2019 (Cannes International Film Festival).
  • Running Time: 100 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: France and Belgium.
  • Language: French and English (subtitles).

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Sybil (2007)

Introduction

Sybil is a 2007 American made-for-television drama film directed by Joseph Sargent, and written by John Pielmeier, based on the 1973 book Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber, which fictionalised the story of Shirley Ardell Mason, who was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder (more commonly known then as “split personality”, now called dissociative identity disorder).

This is the second adaptation of the book, following the Emmy Award-winning 1976 mini-series Sybil that was broadcast by NBC.

Outline

Troubled Columbia University art student and later student teacher Sybil Dorsett is referred to psychiatrist Cornelia Wilbur by Dr. Atcheson, a colleague who believes that the young woman is suffering from female hysteria. As her treatment progresses, Sybil confesses that she frequently experiences blackouts and cannot account for large blocks of time. Wilbur helps her recall a childhood in which she suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of her disturbed mother Hattie.

Eventually, 16 identities varying in age and personal traits begin to emerge. Chief among them is Victoria, a French woman who explains to Dr. Wilbur how she shepherds the many parts of Sybil’s whole. Frustrating the therapist are objections raised by her associates, who suspect she has influenced her patient into creating her other selves, and Sybil’s father, who refuses to admit his late wife was anything other than a loving mother.

Although she had promised never to hypnotize Sybil, later into the treatment, Dr. Wilbur takes her patient to her home by a lake and hypnotizes her into having all 16 personalities be the same age as she and become just aspects of Sybil. By nightfall, Sybil claims she feels different, and emotionally declares her hatred toward her mother.

The last part of the movie tells of the history of Shirley Mason, the real woman who was known by the pseudonym of Sybil Dorsett.

Cast

  • Jessica Lange ….. Dr. Cornelia Wilbur.
  • Tammy Blanchard ….. Sybil Dorsett.
  • Eddie Ruiz ….. Dr. Ladysman.
  • JoBeth Williams … Hattie Dorsett.

Trivia

  • The university scenes were filmed at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
  • In January 2006, The Hollywood Reporter announced CBS had greenlit the project, but it was shelved after completion.
  • The film was released in Italy, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Norway, and Hungary before finally being broadcast in the US by CBS on 07 June 2008.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Joseph Sargent.
  • Producer(s):
    • Andrea Lapins … associate producer.
    • Michael Mahoney … producer.
    • Norman Stephens … executive producer.
    • Mark Wolper … executive producer.
  • Writer(s): John Pielmeier.
  • Music: Charles Bernstein.
  • Cinematography: Donald M. Morgan.
  • Editor(s): Michael Brown (as Mike Brown).
  • Production:
    • Norman Stephens Productions.
    • Warner Bros. Television.
    • Wolper Organisation.
  • Distributor(s): CBS (original airing, US).
  • Release Date: 28 May 2007 (Italy).
  • Running Time: 89 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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Sybil (1976)

Introduction

Sybil is a 1976 two-part, ​3 1⁄4-hour American television film starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward.

It is based on the book of the same name, and was broadcast on NBC on 14-15 November 1976.

Refer to On This Day … 25 January for information Shirley Ardell Mason, whom Sybil is based on (2007 film version).

Outline

After suffering a small breakdown in front of her students (and then being forced to hear a neighbour play Chopin’s Étude in A Minor, “Winter Wind”, incessantly), Sybil Dorsett is given a neurological examination by Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, a psychiatrist. She admits to having blackouts and fears that are getting worse. Dr. Wilbur theorises that the incidents are a kind of hysteria, all related to a deeper problem. She asks Sybil to return at a later date for more counselling. Sybil says she will have to ask her father.

Sybil’s father, Willard Dorsett, and her stepmother, Freida, are in New York on a visit. Sybil meets them at a cafeteria for lunch. She explains to her father that the problems she used to have as a young girl have returned and that she wants to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Wilbur. Sybil’s parents make it clear to Sybil that they disapprove of psychiatrists and psychiatry, saying how evil and controlling psychiatrists are. Sybil becomes upset and dissociates into Peggy, who becomes enraged and breaks a glass. Peggy angrily storms out of the cafeteria. Later that evening, Dr. Wilbur receives a late night call from someone who identifies herself as Vickie and says Sybil is about to jump out a hotel window. Dr. Wilbur rescues Sybil, who denies knowing Vickie. Suddenly, Sybil becomes hysterical and begins speaking like a young girl. This girl introduces herself as Peggy, and Wilbur realises that Sybil is suffering from dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder.

Vickie introduces herself to Wilbur at the next session. Vickie, who knows everything about the other personalities, tells Wilbur about some of them, including Marcia, who is suicidal, and Vanessa, who plays the piano although Sybil has not played in years and swears she forgot how to play piano.

Over the weeks, each of the personalities introduce themselves to Wilbur. At the same time, the personality Vanessa falls in love with a charming neighbour named Richard.

Wilbur finally explains to Sybil about the other personalities. As proof, Wilbur plays the session’s tape to allow Sybil to hear their voices, but when a voice that sounds like Sybil’s mother Hattie speaks, an infant personality named Ruthie emerges. Wilbur is unable to communicate with the pre-verbal child and must wait until Sybil returns.

Life becomes more chaotic for Sybil as the other personalities grow stronger. The personalities make Dr. Wilbur a Christmas card, but Sybil made everything purple, a colour that frightens Peggy. Dr. Wilbur hypnotises Vickie and asks about the purple. Vickie relates a memory of a time Sybil’s mother locked young Sybil in the wheat bin in the barn. Thinking she was smothering, Sybil used her purple crayon to scratch on the inside of the bin so someone would know she had been there.

Vanessa invites Richard and his son Matthew to have Christmas dinner, after which Richard spends the night in Sybil’s apartment. Sybil has a nightmare and awakens as Marcia, who tries to throw herself off the roof. Richard rescues her and calls Wilbur. Soon afterwards, Richard moves away, crushing both Sybil and Vanessa. Once again confronted with her diagnosis, Sybil attempts to convince Wilbur that she has in fact been faking all of the other personalities the entire time and denies that multiple personalities exist within her.

Wilbur goes in search of Sybil’s father, who mentions that Sybil’s mother Hattie was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but denies that she ever abused Sybil. Wilbur also seeks out Sybil’s paediatrician. The doctor gives Wilbur a frightening account of extensive internal scarring he found while treating Sybil for a bladder problem. Finally, Wilbur visits the old Dorsett house, where she discovers the green kitchen Sybil’s selves have described many times. She also finds the purple crayon scratches inside the wheat bin. She takes them back to New York City to prove all the memories really happened.

Dr. Wilbur takes Sybil for a drive, during which Peggy reveals the horrific physical abuse she suffered at her mother’s hands. After Peggy exhausts herself, Sybil emerges, remembering everything that Peggy has just said. Finally, she is able to express her rage against her mother.

Dr. Wilbur hypnotises Sybil to introduce her to the other personalities. Sybil, who has always been frightened of Peggy, meets her at last and is surprised that she is only a young girl. Sybil embraces a weeping Peggy. A voiceover from Dr. Wilbur explains that after this incident, Sybil recovered her memories and went on to live a full and happy life as an academic.

The “big chair” featured in the film in which the Sybil character felt comfortable provided the name for Tears for Fears hit album Songs From The Big Chair.

Cast

  • Joanne Woodward as Dr. Cornelia Wilbur.
  • Sally Field as Sybil Dorsett.
  • Brad Davis as Richard, Sybil’s neighbour boyfriend.
  • Martine Bartlett as Hattie Dorsett, Sybil’s mother.
  • Penelope Allen as Miss Penny.
  • Jane Hoffman as Frieda Dorsett.
  • Charles Lane as Dr. Quinoness.
  • Jessamine Milner as Grandma Dorsett.
  • William Prince as Willard Dorsett.
  • Camila Ashland as Cam.
  • Tommy Crebbs as Matthew.
  • Gina Petrushka as Dr. Lazarus.
  • Harold Pruett as Danny.
  • Natasha Ryan as Child Sybil.
  • Paul Tulley as Dr. Castle.
  • Anne Beesley as The Selves.
  • Virginia Campbell as The Selves.
  • Missy Karn as The Selves.
  • Tasha Lee as The Selves.
  • Cathy Lynn Lesko as The Selves.
  • Rachel Longaker as The Selves.
  • Jennifer McAllister as The Selves.
  • Kerry Muir as The Selves.
  • Karen Obediear as The Selves.
  • Tony Sherman as The Selves.
  • Danny Stevenson as The Selves.
  • Gordon Jump as Tractor farmer.
  • Lionel Pina as Tommy.

The Alters

  • Peggy: A nine-year-old girl who believes she is still in the small town in which Sybil grew up. Peggy holds the rage Sybil felt at her mother’s abuse and frequently expresses her anger through temper tantrums and breaking glass. Like many of the selves, she enjoys drawing and painting. She fears hands, dishtowels, music, and the colours green and purple, all triggers to specific instances of abuse.
  • Vicky: A very sophisticated and mature eighteen-year-old girl who is aware of all the other personalities and knows everything the others do, though Sybil does not. Vicky speaks French and claims to have grown up in Paris with many brothers and sisters and loving parents. The dominant personality and the only personality to undergo hypnosis.
  • Vanessa: A young, vibrant, red-haired girl about twelve years old, she is outgoing and full of “joie de vivre”. Falls in love with Richard and helps Sybil build a relationship with him, until he moves away.
  • Marcia: A young girl obsessed with thoughts of death and suicide, who tries to kill herself (and thus Sybil) on several occasions. Dresses in black.
  • Ruthie: A preverbal infant. When Sybil is extremely frightened, she regresses into Ruthie and cannot move or speak.
  • Mary: Named for and strongly resembles Sybil’s grandmother. When Sybil’s grandmother (the only person Sybil felt loved her) died, Sybil was so bereft that she created Mary as an internalised version of Grandma. Mary speaks in the voice of an old woman and frequently behaves as one.
  • Nancy: A product of Sybil’s father’s religious fanaticism, Nancy fears the end of the world and God’s punishment.
  • Clara: Around 8-9 years old. Very religious; critical and resentful of Sybil.
  • Helen: Around 13-14 years old. Timid and afraid, but determined “to be somebody”.
  • Marjorie: Around 10-11 years old. Serene and quick to laugh, enjoys parties and travel.
  • Sybil Ann: Around 5-6 years old. Pale, timid, and extremely lethargic; the defeated Sybil.
  • Mike: A brash young boy who likes to build and do carpentry. He builds bookshelves and a partition wall for Sybil’s apartment, frightening her badly when she doesn’t know how they got there. He and Sid both believe that they will grow penes and be able “to give a girl a baby” when they are older.
  • Sid: Younger and a little more taciturn than Mike, he also enjoys building things, as well as sports. Identifies strongly with Sybil’s father and wants to be like him when he grows up.

Production

Sally Field stars in the title role, with Joanne Woodward playing the part of Sybil’s psychiatrist, Cornelia B. Wilbur. Woodward herself had starred in The Three Faces of Eve, in which she portrayed a woman with three personalities, winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for the role. Based on the book Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber, the movie dramatises the life of a shy young graduate student, Sybil Dorsett (in real life, Shirley Ardell Mason), suffering from dissociative identity disorder as a result of the psychological trauma she suffered as a child. With the help of her psychiatrist, Sybil gradually recalls the severe child abuse that led to the development of 16 different personalities. Field’s portrayal of Sybil won much critical acclaim, as well as an Emmy Award.

Edited and Unedited Versions

The film, originally 198 minutes long, was initially shown over the course of two nights on NBC in 1976. Due to high public interest, the VHS version of Sybil was released in the 1980s, with one version running 122 minutes and another, extended version running 132 minutes. Several key scenes, including Sybil’s final climactic “introduction” to her other personalities, are missing in both versions. The film is shown frequently on television, often with scenes restored or deleted to adjust for time constraints and the varying sensitivity of viewers. The DVD includes the full 198-minute version originally displayed on the NBC broadcast.

A 128-minute edit of the film was shown in cinemas in Australia, opening in January 1978.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Daniel Petrie.
  • Producer(s): Philip Capice, Peter Dunne, and Jacqueline Babbin.
  • Writer(s): Stewart Stern.
  • Music: Leonard Rosenman.
  • Cinematography: Mario Tosi.
  • Editor(s): Michael S. McLean and Rita Roland.
  • Production: Lorimar Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 14-15 November 1976.
  • Running Time: 198 minutes (original version), 133 minutes (theatrical), and 187 minutes (DVD).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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Transference: A Love Story (2020)

Introduction

A secret threatens the love affair between two nurses in London.

Also known as Transference: A Bipolar Love Story.

Outline

Katarina, a Norwegian nurse in London, embarks on a passionate affair with a fellow immigrant nurse that suffers the consequences of unresolved mental health issues from the lovers’ secret pasts.

Cast

  • Raffaello Degruttola … Nik Coluzzi.
  • Emilie Sofie Johannesen … Katerina Nielsen.
  • Lotte Verbeek … Marieke.
  • Pernille Broch … Camilla.
  • Simone Lahbib … Sophie.
  • Ania Sowinski … Natasha Kocinska.
  • Christina Chong … Natasha Wong.
  • Iggy Blanco … Miguel Cortez.
  • Bea Watson … Senior PU Nurse Lisa.
  • Tyrone Keogh … Douglas Cornell.
  • Dylan McKiernan … Ryan.
  • Liza Mircheva … Laura.
  • Poya Shohani … Kaivan.
  • Reice Weathers … Jay.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Raffaello Degruttola.
  • Producer(s):
    • Bill Bossert … executive producer.
    • Sérgio Clinkett … consulting producer.
    • Raffaello Degruttola … producer.
    • Emilie Sofie Johannesen … co-producer.
    • Sadie Kaye … co-producer.
    • Simone Lahbib … consulting producer.
    • Poya Shohani … co-producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
  • Cinematography: Simon Hayes and Phil Summers.
  • Editor(s): Charles Lort-Phillips.
  • Production: Contro Vento Films, Mental Ideas, and AMG Media.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 26 June 2020 (Internet, Socially Relevant Film Festival New York).
  • Running Time: 90 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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