OVERSHADOWED

OVERSHADOWED

Full series available to WATCH NOW on BBC iPlayer

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.

Imogene is sparkling, vivacious and outgoing and with the arrival of her new camera, she’s challenging herself to documenting her whole life for her vlog... But there’s a dark presence in Imo’s footage and it won’t rest until she’s a shadow of her former self.  

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

OVERSHADOWED

OVERSHADOWED

“A hyper-real, unflinching insight into the grip of anorexia”   

- Radio Times

"BBC’s 'Overshadowed' is an example of how to make TV shows about anorexia"

- The Independent

“Overshadowed is an incredibly exciting piece that showcases BBC Three's ambition to support young talent telling stories that matter. This is an important subject told from a compelling and unflinchingly honest perspective by the brilliant Eva and Hildegard and, with the support and experience of the wonderful Kay Mellor and Sian Palfrey, this is going to be a very special piece for the BBC Three audience.”  

- Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama

 

Full series available to WATCH NOW on BBC iPlayer

   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.   What was it like working with a predominantly female cast and crew?   It was fabulous! So many intelligent and creative women being in one room was an amazing experience to be a part of. The producer Sian Palfrey and Kay Mellor gave a great guiding hand to Hildegard, Eva and myself and I want to thank Rollem Productions for taking a chance on all of us. Hopefully we showed our stuff! The men on the crew were amazing to work with as well of course. I worked closely with Alex Veitch (DOP) and must say how incredibly talented he is!    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     

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.

What was it like working with a predominantly female cast and crew?

It was fabulous! So many intelligent and creative women being in one room was an amazing experience to be a part of. The producer Sian Palfrey and Kay Mellor gave a great guiding hand to Hildegard, Eva and myself and I want to thank Rollem Productions for taking a chance on all of us. Hopefully we showed our stuff! The men on the crew were amazing to work with as well of course. I worked closely with Alex Veitch (DOP) and must say how incredibly talented he is! 

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

 

OVERSHADOWED

OVERSHADOWED

“We are delighted to be working with Kay, her amazing team at Rollem Productions and BBC Three to bring this story, which is very close to our hearts, to life.”   

- Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan, Writers

“It is such an important, modern story of our times, told in an innovative and exiting way by two young people. It has long been a dream of mine to be able to help give a voice to new writers and I am delighted to be championing Eva O'Connor and Hildegard Ryan who have something really important to say.”   

- Kay Mellor, Executive Producer

 

Full series available to WATCH NOW on BBC iPlayer

   Interview with EVA O'CONNOR (Anna), co-writer of the series:     What led you to write and perform your own work?   I think I always had a keen sense of the stories I wanted to tell and it made sense for me to both write and act. I find it very easy to separate the two. Sometimes when I am onstage performing in something, I'll forget I've written it!   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.   Have you starred in a TV programme before?   Overshadowed is my first foray into screen acting. Over the past few years, theatre has been my entire life so I was really curious to see what the world of TV would be like. I have loved every minute of it.    Watch the full series now  here

Interview with EVA O'CONNOR (Anna), co-writer of the series:

What led you to write and perform your own work?

I think I always had a keen sense of the stories I wanted to tell and it made sense for me to both write and act. I find it very easy to separate the two. Sometimes when I am onstage performing in something, I'll forget I've written it!

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.

Have you starred in a TV programme before?

Overshadowed is my first foray into screen acting. Over the past few years, theatre has been my entire life so I was really curious to see what the world of TV would be like. I have loved every minute of it. 

Watch the full series now here

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