I AM NORMAL

This is a short documentary on the struggles caused by an endocrine disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome otherwise referred to as PCOS. In this documentary, we follow the personal stories of 3 subjects and how they have grown and coped with PCOS.

We have Paula who is the mother of 2 daughters who also suffer from the condition as it's hereditary. She speaks to us about growing up with PCOS and then watching her daughters go through the same struggles. We have Natasha who is Paula's eldest daughter who tells us about growing up with PCOS and how it affected her personally. Most recently she speaks of her struggles to conceive and start a family which the condition has impacted negatively. Lastly, we have Jessica, a new mum who grew up with no other diagnosed family member or friend to understand the problems caused by PCOS. She speaks of growing up and the way it has affected her outlook on herself and how having self-confidence has been a battle.

  • Robyn McManus
    Director
  • Hayley Beattie
    Director
  • Robyn McManus
    Producer
  • Vicky Carr
    Graphics designer
  • Tadiwa Gara
    VFX
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    woman's health, PCOS, documentary, mental health
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 27 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    800 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Robyn McManus, Hayley Beattie

Producer and Co-Director Robyn has been diagnosed with PCOS since the age of 14 and graduated from UCA Farnham (University for the Creative Arts) film production course in 2020. They met Co-Director Hayley at university and shared their struggles with him about this condition, including their troubles with identity due to the male presenting effects on their female body. From their early teen years PCOS has impacted Robyn’s life deeply, causing them confusion about their body’s development and making them feel rejected by society’s expectations.

After Hayley learned about PCOS and the symptoms from Robyn he decided to go through the process to see if this was the cause of his symptoms. Though explaining many symptoms to multiple doctors, he was often ignored and doctors would not conduct tests to perform a diagnosis. After graduating, Robyn and Hayley decided to create I AM NORMAL together to help promote more awareness for this unknown and disregarded syndrome.

They both scouted many support groups for PCOS to talk and get the stories of others who have been diagnosed and still struggle to feel normal with this condition. They decided to ask for people to participate in the documentary, having 3 subjects to interview and nearly 150 photos of diagnosed people sent to be a part of the final montage.

During the making of this documentary, Hayley was finally able to go through a full diagnostic test and was confirmed to have PCOS.

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