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Body of Water 15 rating

Lucy Brydon’s powerful debut feature sensitively explores the impact of an eating disorder on a family.

Drama 2020 91 mins

Director: Lucy Brydon


Having just completed another round of treatment for chronic anorexia, acclaimed war photographer Stephanie (Sian Brooke) is working hard to reconnect with her family. Her mother Susan (Amanda Burton) is supportive but preoccupied by her forthcoming wedding to Annette (Kazia Pelka). Meanwhile Stephanie’s teenage daughter, competitive swimmer Pearl (Fabienne Piolini-Castle), is angry and full of resentment, refusing to give her mother a second chance. Stephanie will need all her strength to keep her head above water.

Body of Water received its premiere at the online version of Glasgow Film Festival 2020, where it was praised by critics as a "sensitive and distinctive debut feature" (Josh Slater-Williams) and an "intense ... intimate, performance-driven drama" (Wendy Ide). Body of Water was supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding through Film London’s Microwave Scheme to support filmmakers with their first feature.