There are not many films in Hollywood that focus on disability. So upcoming indie movie, Electricity is already something quite unique.
Agyness Deyn’s lead character, Lily O’Connor, suffers from epilepsy. Since early in her childhood it has haunted her and fellow school-children didn’t let her forget and took to calling her a ‘fit-tastic-spastic’ – it is fair to say that it was not a nice thing to have.
Showing the severity and unpredictability of epilepsy, Lily one moment could be on a pier preparing for a date - but next, on the floor suffering. Having it her entire life, she is now as used to it as you can be and explains that she is like ‘Alice falling down the rabbit hole’ ... 'as the electric storms start in her head and her brain takes a tour’. But on screen we see it much differently, almost a POV, jumpy electric field. Quite like Doctor Who’s Time travel, or Star Trek’s Warp speed. Whichever it is, it impresses and gets the point across. Edited with many close-ups, Electricity is visually artistic and director Bryn Higgins accomplishes because of it.
After the childhood traumas, and now a middle-aged women, her smitten and quite self-fish mother passes away. As one of the next-of-kin, she gains her inheritance which is due to be spread between her siblings. However one of her brothers, Mickey, has been long-lost for many years. All she knows is a brief past and that he is somewhere in London.
Desperate to find him, and struck with recurring epileptic episodes she strives forwards with an innocent Taken-esqe style narrative (without the killings obviously). Onwards she encounters a completely unbelievable homeless woman, and eccentric characters galore. Aesthetically challenging and solely driven by Deyn’s performance, Electricty is an eye-opener to say the least.