Sadie Frost, who played Lucy in Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola, will play the lead in short film Boxed-Up. 

Actor Sadie Frost will play the lead role in Boxed-Up, a short film about mental health, Variety reports. She most recently appeared in war drama Waiting For Anya – and made her directorial debut with Quant – though on the big screen may be best known for her role as Lucy in 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 

Frost’s character, Eileen, is a mother who is processing the grief of losing her husband at the same time as exploring her dysfunctional relationship with her daughter. The short film is written by Jamie L. Tree, and will explore the concept of grief in an unconventional way.

The logline for the film states “After a devastating loss, a mother has 24 hours to connect with her daughter in a new age world where soul-devouring spirits use dreams to hunt the weak. The film explores the implication of losing a loved one in in the heightened reality of its world”. The short is intended as a proof of concept, where a short film is used to demonstrate the story’s potential to be made into a feature-length movie.

Tree is co-directing with Vlad-Paul Ghilas, who were both inspired by their own struggles with mental health. Ghilas remembers being constantly bullied during his childhood in Romania, and Tree has suffered with anxiety. They both want to make a film focused on mental health, just not one that could be described as ‘typical’.

Next month, the filmmakers will launch a crowdfunding campaign to support Boxed-Up. More news on the short film as we hear it.

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