Director: Bryn Higgins
Screenplay: Joe Fisher
Based on a Novel by: Ray Robinson
Starring: Agyness Deyn, Lenora Crichlow and Christian Cooke
Producer: Clare Duggan and Bryn Higgins
Running Time: 90 minutes
BBFC Certificate: TBC
I recently watched Electricity, a drama about a young woman called Lily, played by Agyness Deyn, who is in her mid 20s and has epilepsy. This film explains how Lily’s illness has affected her entire life and explores the realities of being epileptic and how it can affect the type of relationships her character has with: friends, partners and even her close family. We follow Lily who has always lived in her seaside hometown where most people know about her epilepsy. Lily’s mother abandoned her and put her into care and eventually she dies years later in her filthy old house. This incident leaves Lily with a large amount of inheritance money that is split between herself and her estranged brother Barry. However, Lily believes that the inheritance money should also be split with her long lost brother Mikey, who got taken into care when they were kids and she never saw again. Lily is determined to find Mikey in London, give him his inheritance money and rekindle their old brother sister bond that they had when they were children, even if it kills her.
The cast were well chosen for this film, as they are all new fresh faces that brought to life an un-spoken subject and conveyed it in a realistic quirky way. For example, Barry and Al’s characters both look very extreme in how they dress, with Barry’s poker sleazy 1980s outfits and Al’s almost teddy/cowboy dress code that looks intimidating yet lovable at the same time.
Lily O’Connor played by Agyness Deyn was realistic and beautiful in her performance of a character that has been isolated her whole life because of her illness. Her strong and independent presence shows how vulnerable her epilepsy has clearly made her to the every day events in life. Aspects of Lily’s character reminded me of Katie Jarvis’s character, Mia, in Fish Tank, as she showed tremendous presence and attitude; especially in how she deals with her condition and how she allows that to affect her life.
This film will grab your attention from start to finish, as it shows the reality of living with epilepsy. Bryn Higgins chose to film a lot of the beginning of Lily’s fits in a first person perspective, using visual effects and narration to show how her character hallucinates and blacks out. We as an audience really get to feel and understand what it is like to live in Lily’s shoes and comprehend how epilepsy may feel in a way that has never been executed before. Overall, I enjoyed this film and I recommend this drama to anyone wanting to watch something a little different from your regular blockbuster action flick.
Electricity is released in selected cinemas across the UK on 12th December.
Review written by Georgina Jacobs