I recall a time when my younger brother suffered from severe epileptic convulsions.
My brother is fit and healthy now but when I was a child I had no idea what an epileptic fit must have been like for him.
‘Electricity’, by British director, Bryn Higgins, attempts to convey what life is like for someone with acute epilepsy.
Agyness Deyn plays epileptic twenty something Lily O’Connor.
Lily comes from a broken family in Northern England. Her youngest brother, Mikey, was placed into a young offenders unit when Lily was young.
Lily left home as soon as she could but when news reaches her that her mother has passed away she returns to identify the body.
The O’Connor family home has been left to Lily and her two brothers.
English actor, Paul Anderson, plays Lily’s older brother and suggests both he and Lily split the money between them.
However, Lily wants to do the right thing and sets out to search for her long lost younger brother, Mikey.
Higgins’ film is outstanding. The central performance from Deyn makes the story of searching for someone who may not want to be found in a big city like London utterly believable.
Epilepsy is not a topic I am familiar with in terms of cinema but the way in which Higgins deals with it is excellent.
Higgins captures brilliantly how friends and loved ones feel utterly powerless when someone they know experiences an epileptic fit.
‘Electricity’ also raises important questions about how some medical professionals treat people with epilepsy. Lily’s frustration with doctors chopping and changing her medication is presented brilliantly.
‘Electricity’ is beautifully filmed and at the heart of it is an amazing soundtrack.
There’s a cameo appearance by British actress Alice Lowe and impressive performances from Lenora Chrichlow and Christian Cooke.
‘Electricity’ is not what I would describe as easy viewing but it’s a film that everyone should try and watch. It’s brave, bold, brash and it comes with a big heart.