Isabel Dickson

Screen & Photography

RAPID

As Emma is swept away by psychosis, hypomania and the unrelenting current of a bipolar rapid cycle, she must fight to control a mind trying to control her.

Days Left
17
Funded
59%
Donated
$3,727
Supporters
34

Emma is an artist living with bipolar disorder, attempting to wade her way through another day of depression. In an event that cracks the frail ice that is her mind, so begins the psychosis, hypomania and the unrelenting current of a rapid cycle. Emma must catch her breath to survive against the current of a disconnected reality, or risk being drowned by her demon.

My short film ‘RAPID’ gives an honest portrayal of bipolar disorder, derived from my personal experiences in an unflinching and completely ‘bare my soul’ type of project. As an artist living with bipolar, I feel it is my responsibility to paint as accurate a picture as I can, in order to bring light to a topic matter so laced with misunderstanding.

Ever ended up in your own personal musical number in the middle of a grocery store? Had to face a literal demon circling you? Perhaps you’ve watched a world of technicolour take place in front of you without the help of a kaleidoscope? Welcome to ‘RAPID’, where what goes up…must come down.

WHO ARE WE?
‘RAPID’ marks Isabel Dickson’s directorial debut, who is predominately known for acting credits Ravenswood (Los Angeles Film Awards), Fragmentary (HorrorHound Festival) and Killa Kafe (Sydney Webfest).

‘RAPID’ brings together an award-winning crew with cinematographer Rhys William Nicolson from Apostle Digital (Pseudomonas, Wyrmwood 2), producer Curtis Lee (Yesterday My Dead Boyfriend Messaged Me on Grindr), and production and costume designer Ella Deane (A Modern Romance). This group of filmmakers have collaborated on several productions and have a deep understanding of how to create captivating work.

WHAT IS RAPID CYCLING?
Rapid cycling is a phenomenon that affects just a small number of people living with bipolar disorder. It is marked by very frequent mood swings of extreme highs and lows multiple times in a year. For our protagonist Emma, the cycle of psychosis, hypomania and depression takes place more “rapidly” over the course of just twenty-four hours.

We shoot in April 2021. Your donation will go directly towards production and post-production expenses. These include:
Excellent camera equipment
Post production costs: colour grading, sound design and mixing
Costume design
Production design
Hiring locations
Catering
Cast and crew expenses

WHY DONATE
The aim of this film is to raise awareness of rapid cycling and challenge stigma surrounding bipolar disorder. Whether you’ve been affected personally or second-hand by mental illness, you know it can bring up feelings of shame, isolation and confusion. Seeing our stories on screen gives invaluable education and insight, and connects the community.

‘RAPID’ will be screened at national and international film festivals, and subsequently on a platform where it can be accessible to all.

Spread the word and share our campaign on Facebook and Instagram @rapidthefilm.

For all enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact me at isabel.c.dickson@gmail.com

Artist

Isabel Dickson

Location

NSW

Categories

Screen & Photography

Live Projects

1

Isabel Dickson has been carving her name as an actor in the Australian film and theatre industry over the last 8 years, with her work being screened at festivals such as Cannes and the Los Angeles Film Awards, and available on platforms including Amazon Prime and Ozflix.

8 years ago, she was also diagnosed with Bipolar Type II Disorder. Navigating her early twenties with a mental illness proved to be a challenge, but she found her experiences actually allowed her to delve into her storytelling with deeper empathy, understanding of human nature, and emotional awareness.

MS

Margaret Sauvarin

QLD
MH

Meg Hellinga

QLD
GF

Georgie Finnigan

NSW
WL

Wayne Leonard

QLD
ED

Emily Dickson

QLD
AD

Anthony Darvall

NSW
JP

Jace Pickard

NSW
PT

Peter Tossol

VIC
HM

Hannah Meiklejohn

VIC
SV

Sheri Van DIjk

ON
SS

Shane Savage

BC
RO

Ross Healy

QLD
HI

Hiba Abbas

NSW
KD

Kerrie Dickson

QLD
SO

Sophie Manion

QLD
LM

Lynanne McKenzie

QLD
JB

Joe Black

NSW
AM

Amy Victoria Brooks

NSW
IS

Izzy Stevens

NSW
DF

Deb and Simon Finnigan

NSW
OD

Olivia Dickson

QLD
FD

Freya Dickson

VIC
KC

Karen Cahalane

QLD
CP

Celyren Phipps

VIC
BM

Benjamin Mathews

NSW
JD

Jeffrey Deng

VIC
TD

Tanya Dobson

QLD
JG

Jason Ghent

QLD
BR

Brandyn Fisher-Heilers

QLD
LH

Liz Harper

NSW
DD

Dale Dickson

QLD