‘SICK’ (35mm, 2007)

Mike wrote and Directed this 35mm short which was supported by The London Borough of Wandsworth, Film London, The UK Film Council through Screen South, financed by an NHS Charity, and endorsed by Samaritans.

Screened at Mental Health events from Bosnia to Nova Scotia, and used for education across the UK and Europe, the film was represented by The British High Commission when receiving Malta’s prestigious Golden Knight. After more than 70 festival selections and 20 International awards, it is released on DVD through British Film Institute’s Shop, and as part of the Film 4 Forgotten Classics Collection.

A visualisation of people at extremes of emotional endurance, the film examines shards of the fractured lives of a father and daughter, each fighting in their own way to make sense of the abject isolation of grief. Photo credit: Dana Wilson

ClientEgoProject Films



Release Date2007

Format35mm Colour

Aspect Ratio1.185:1

Sound MixDolby Digital 5.1 SR-D



How often can you hurt … before you lose all feeling?


As Brian’s story slides backwards through 15 years of therapy, his daughter’s crashes forwards over one devastating night and they collide on that evening – the catalyst of his condition.


The experience of depression and alcoholism have left Brian’s daughter (Amanda) relying on him for her son’s welfare. When Brian’s wife dies and he gives the child into social care, Amanda’s world falls apart and she and her father don’t speak for 15 years. That is until she gathers the strength to visit him.



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Awards & Selections

27 Awards & Nominations


  • GOLD AWARD, 41st Houston International Film Festival (USA)
  • THE GOLDEN KNIGHT, Malta International Short Film Festival (Malta)
  • BEST SHORT FILM, AsterFest 2008 (Macedonia)
  • HONOURABLE MENTION, The Accolade Film Awards (USA)
    39th Canadian International Annual Film Festival (Canada)
  • BEST EDITING, San Francisco Short Film Festival (USA)
  • SPECIAL MENTION, Short Cuts Film Festival (UK)
  • BEST ACTOR, Festival de Cine de Granada (Spain)
  • INTEGRAL REALISATION, Barcelona Cinema Festival (Spain)
  • BEST DIRECTING, Bruxelles Cinema Festival (Belgium)
  • BEST SHORT FILM, Chicago Short Film Festival (USA)
  • SCRIPT, Golden Gate Fiction & Documentary Festival (USA)
  • GOLD KAHUNA Award for Excellence in Filmmaking,
    Honolulu International Film Festival (USA)
    • GRAND GOLDIE FILM AWARD, Goldie Film Awards (USA)
      FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood (USA)
    • BEST ACTRESS, New York Short Film Festival (USA)
    • BEST DRAMA, The Indie Short Film Competition (USA)
    • SHOESTRING TROPHY for Best Filmmaking,
      51st Rochester International Film Festival (USA)


  • Best International Short, Rome Independent Film Festival (Italy)
  • Best International Short, Shadowline Salerno Film Festival (Italy)
  • Best International Short, Salento International Film Festival (Italy)
  • Best International Short, Waterford Film Festival (Ireland)
  • Best International Short, Reggio Short Film Competition (Italy)
  • Best Scriptwriting, Grand Off European Film Awards (Poland)
  • Best Supporting Actress, International Filmmaker Festival (UK)

Over 70 Festival Selections


  • 7th KaraFilm Festival (The Karachi International Film Festival)
  • 5th Atlanta Underground Film Festival
  • 11th Montclair International Film Festival
  • Central Florida Film Festival
  • 5th Naoussa International Short Film and Video Festival
  • 4th European Film Festival of Lille
  • Treasure Coast International Film Festival
  • San Fernando Valley International Film Festival
  • Malescorto International Film Festival
  • Cyprus International Film Festival
  • Euroshorts 2008, Warsaw, Poland
  • Vine Shorts Fest
  • Beaufort International Film Festival
  • FILMSTOCK International Film Festival
  • St. Petersburg International Youth Film Festival
  • 4th International Short Film Festival Detmold
  • International Film Festival Egypt
  • Portobello Film Festival
  • 10th WT Os International Film Festival
  • 3rd International Urban Film Festival, Tehran
  • Ohio Independent Film Festival
  • Chinh India Community Film Festival
  • Ffresh Film Festival Wales
  • Lake County Film Festival
  • 15th Bradford International Film Festival
  • Reno Film Festival
  • Long Island International Film Expo
  • Hollyshorts Film Festival


  • Budapest Short Film Festival
  • Akbank Short Film Festival
  • Wandsworth & Westminster Film Festival (‘Best Shorts’)
  • 24 Hours of Nuremberg International Short Film Festival
  • Final Cut – Brighton Festival (Spotlight South East)
  • Nights of the Independent
  • Cannes in a Van
  • TRIMITI Mental Health Film Festival

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‘SICK’ Wins Gold at Worldfest

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International Premiere – 24th European Film Festival of Lille

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“Breaks the silence on key mental health issue”

Sara GainesThe Guardian

“…exceptional filmmaking …”

Montclair International Film Festival

“Sick is a nonlinear but very powerful discussion of the multi-generational affects of depression”

Washington DC ShortsDC Shorts Blog

“The British High Commission congratulates the production team on this fantastic achievement”

Jennifer WongBritish High Commission Malta

“It is a compelling and moving work that will resonate with its audiences”

Mike CobbSamaritans

“A subtle yet forceful story sensitively portrayed. Film London is proud to have funded this project”

Michelle JenkinsFilm London

“Carefully crafted to increase dramatic tension … It’s a film that will be admired by those who love solid character development”

Thomas BakerThe Accolade

“A thought provoking film deserving of a wide International audience”

Miranda RobinsonScreen South

“The judging panel had no doubt when awarding ‘SICK’ the Golden Knight … A fitting winner in this the top class of the festival”

Vincent Lungaro-MifsudGolden Knight Malta International Short Film Festival

“Congratulations to Mike Rymer and his team for making such a well produced short film that engages the viewer on a difficult subject”

Jack AdamWandsworth Film Office

“Visually beautiful”

Critique CommitteeRochester International Film Festival

“The mark of a real talent in the field of creativity”

Shadowline Salerno Film Festival

“Our judges were overwhelmed by the subtlety of your approach to this complex father-daughter relationship, and by your nuanced and creative approach to time. Simple gestures and expressions convey so much in your film!”

Jeff JankeReno Film Festival

“The judges were unanimously impressed and touched by the story”

Darren CliffShort Cuts Film Festival


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