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Nominated - Rose d’Or Awards 2018
Nominated - Broadcast Digital Awards 2018
Finalist - Prix Jeunesse International 2018
Based on Eva O’Connor’s award winning play, OVERSHADOWED tells the story of a young Irish vlogger called Imogene (Michelle Fox) whose life spirals out of control when she faces the monster of anorexia.
This compelling, haunting and funny series has been shot in an innovative new format, telling Imo’s story through a series of eight 10 minute vlogs.
Written by: Eva O'Connor & Hildegard Ryan
Directed by: Hildegard Ryan
Produced by: Sian Palfrey
WHAT THE PAPERS ARE SAYING…
“Young, funny, vibrant, and very moving.”
- The Observer
“A hyper-real, unflinching insight into the grip of anorexia.... BBC3’s You-Tube-style confessional drama is a piercing display of how eating disorders can take hold and rip relationships apart… At points it feels so real that I find myself flinching... [Eva] O’Connor has triumphed in depicting a topic that is clearly very close to home.”
- Radio Times Online
“An on screen depiction of eating disorders finally done right… Gritty, addictive - albeit at times hard to watch - and most importantly, very, very real.“
" Unlike To The Bone the BBC's Overshadowed is an example of how to make TV shows about anorexia... it's about the breakdown of someone's life, as much as the shutting down of her body... it is an intelligent, empathetic shot at showing what anorexia can really be like."
- The Independent Online
“I watched Overshadowed in one enthralled sitting…. A real and raw account of anorexia which feels desperately realistic.”
- The Psychologist
“Pop culture on the subject of eating disorders is rife with risk, but perhaps, if shows like Overshadowedis anything to go on, it is possible to do it tactfully."
Interview with EVA O'CONNOR (Anna), co-writer of the series:
What was your inspiration for Overshadowed?
I had an eating disorder throughout my teenage years and into my twenties. I had always wanted to write about my experience but I didn't feel ready to do so until I was fully recovered. In 2014 when I was graduating from drama school, there was a competition for graduate funding and I applied with Overshadowed (the theatre play). When I won the money I was terrified as I realised I'd actually have to make the show! However at that point I was fully recovered and I really wanted to give insight and hope to those who were living with eating disorders. Up until then I had been very private about my personal story and it took a lot of courage to speak openly about it.
I wanted to separate the condition from the sufferer in the play, so I came up with the idea that the eating disorder would be a character in and of itself. When I was sick my therapist constantly reminded me that although I was suffering from anorexia I was not the condition. She used to say " imagine you're wearing a cloak and one day you'll take that cloak off". It was really important for me to make it clear to the audience that Imogene was being followed around by a negative entity that was entirely separate from her.
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Interview with MICHELLE FOX (Imogene):
Tell us a little bit about your character Imo...
Imo is a fun loving, slightly naive girl who wants to share her life with the world via her vlogs. She has a really good heart and when her life is turned upside down by anorexia, it is really heartbreaking to see. I needed to leave my vanity at the door and be really open in playing her. None of us wanted this issue to be glamourised so it was paramount to show the stark realities of a mental health crisis.
Why do you think viewers should watch Overshadowed?
I think it is a powerful look inside the mind of a girl struggling through a crisis and how she tries to battle with her demons. All is not as it seems with Imo's vlogs and I think viewers will enjoy the dark side of sharing your life on the Internet.
Watch the full series now here