Electric Malady

2021

For over a decade William has been living with a debilitating condition that has forced him to retreat     from society and live in isolation, removed from modern technology. Electric Malady is an intimate window into William’s isolated world and a moving and poignant depiction of a family, devoted to finding a way to save their son.

What is it like to suffer from a condition that you cannot prove? A condition that profoundly changes your life and forces you to withdraw from society and live in isolation for years. Isolation is something that we can all relate to now, having lived through strict lockdowns. Many of us struggled, but imagine how much more difficult it would be to be forced into isolation by an affliction that the world does not recognise or understand.

It was at his workplace that William and two colleagues began to feel the effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields, a condition known as electrosensitivity. He lives alone in a remote cottage where he sits under layers of protective fabrics, stacked so thickly on his head that he looks like a tragic cartoon ghost.

We follow William’s contemporary story, whilst archive clips from William’s own private video diaries and family home movies provide a window into his intricate life journey.

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Credits

Director: Marie Lidén

Producer: Aimara Reques

Co-producer: Su Bainbridge

Co-producer: Lorna Ferguson

Associate Producer: Beth Allan (Forest of Black)

Financial support: Screen Scotland; Chicken & Egg

Cinematographer: Michael Sherrington

Editor: David Arthur

Composer: John Lemke

Sound Designer: William Aikman

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