GB News columnist behind star-studded film shining a light on eating disorders opens up on importance of project

Lynn Crilly

Lynn Crilly's new film aims to shine a new light on eating disorders and their impact

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 11/07/2024

- 14:21

A Day With An Eating Disorder is set for release very soon

Several big names from the acting world are coming together to appear in a new short film aiming to help raise awareness of eating disorders.

A Day With An Eating Disorder is being produced by filmmaker and GB News columnist Lynn Crilly, an author and counsellor who specialises in supporting those living with conditions such as anorexia and bulimia.

The film will star This Country actor Paul Cooper who has grappled with emotional eating for many years; actress and reality TV star Jess Impiazzi, who has spoken openly about her battles with mental ill health and former Hollyoaks actress and Celebrity Fit Club star Mikyla Dodd.

All have selflessly offered their time for free to help raise awareness.

The film comes 20 years after Lynn’s daughter Samantha was diagnosed with an eating disorder and OCD.

Two decades on, Crilly, the author of Hope With Eating Disorders, says the film is desperately needed to provide a voice to those suffering and their carers.

Lynn Crilly

Lynn Crilly has shared hers and Samantha's story before on the People's Channel


Opening up on the significance of the film, Crilly said: "In the 20 years since Samantha was diagnosed, I’m sad to say eating disorders have only become a bigger and more dangerous issue across society.

"Young people are affected the most, but eating disorders can and do impact anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or sexuality.

"Waiting lists in some areas for support are now dangerously long, and those living with conditions often face delays of more than a year just to be referred to a specialist.

"The impact this has on them and their families can and is devastating (and) I want to use this film to try and shine a light on this issue and to drive change."

Jess Impiazzi

Jess Impiazzi leads the cast of Lynn Crilly's new short film


Producer Crilly has worked closely with her daughter Samantha on the film following on from their joint work as ambassadors for Sane.

This is the third film Crilly has produced and follows award-winning products on OCD and anxiety, which are topics she also specialises in treating.

Crilly's daughter, who is one of the co-writers of A Day With An Eating Disorder, said: "Having suffered from mental illness most of my life I often find people saying, ‘Oh sorry you have been through such a rough ride’...

"When in fact what I answer with is, ‘I am one of the lucky ones, who had unconditional support, love and understanding. The ones I feel remorse for are those who don’t have the help and backup that I’ve always had'.

"So, this film is very important to me as it gives back to the mental health world a vital tool in educating people."

The film - which is satirical but equally empathetic - has also been co-written by the actress and production manager Lillie Bailey, and TV presenter and film director Marvin Ambrosius.

Also appearing in the film will be radio presenter Neil Long and his fellow airwaves partner Nicky Patrick.

Yanick Ghanty, from Channel 4's Hullraisers is also appearing while Samantha’s twin-sister Charlotte who has closely supported her over the past 20 years, will also appear in the film.

Speaking ahead of the film's release, leading star and former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Impiazzi delved into why she wanted to board the project.

She said: "So many young people suffer from eating disorders and the rise of social media filters is causing more self-esteem issues than ever, being part of this short film is important to highlight eating disorders. And hopefully, help people suffering to find support and for families to help understand."

This was echoed by Dodd who added: "Raising awareness of the reality that people with mental health issues face every day is something I am passionate about.

"Bringing this to life, showing the human face of what is happening in so many homes and families is essential and can make something that is often misunderstood, relatable to help create a more inclusive society. It is a privilege to contribute in even the smallest way."

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