You can now view the short film "For Want Of A Nail
" - for free - online via the OCD Action website: go HERE to view it now
OCD Action were a great support when we were making the film, having officially endorsed us, and we are very pleased to have continued working with them, so it means a lot that we have been included as a part of the OCD Week of Action (#OCDwoa).
You can also watch it on Vimeo.
A little while ago, we spoke to writer Nick about what inspired him to write the film; here's what he said:
simple answer is my own experiences with OCD, but it was because I
recognised that my various compulsions and routines were affecting me
more and more – becoming more elaborate, requiring more attempts to get
them ‘perfect’, and generally causing me more and more frustration. I’d
been aware of my OCD for several years but, probably like most people do
when they suspect something is ‘wrong’ with them, I dodged the issue
for a long time. People with OCD tend to be quite embarrassed by the
condition, especially as so much of it is internal – rolling around
inside your head – so I kept it to myself and, naturally, it began to
spiral. So, for me, writing “For Want Of A Nail” was a cathartic
It was partly an expression of my own OCD and partly a
warning to myself. around about the same time, I had seen a few of these
‘quizzes’ on social media – ‘How OCD Are You?’ type junk (oftentimes
just pictures of messy rooms with a ‘how uncomfortable does this make
you feel?’ one-to-ten scale underneath). I saw that not only were the
quizzes themselves drowning in utter ignorance of what OCD is, but I saw
that people taking the quizzes were either coming away with the
completely wrong idea about the condition, or were actually convinced
they had it – some going as far as boasting about it like it was
something ‘cool’ to differentiate themselves on Facebook or Twitter.
Trust me, an idiotic social media quiz won’t tell you that you’ve got
OCD, having OCD will tell you that you’ve got OCD – and everyone who has
OCD wishes they didn’t have it."
There were two core intensions for me when writing this film: 1) for the audience to come away with a better understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and 2) for the audience to have also enjoyed the story, the characters, and the style of the film - to have been informed and
entertained at the same time.
We are also in the process of pitching a 10-part television series
adaptation of #FWOAN right now, so if you want to keep up-to-date with
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