Evelyn is a deeply emotional film from Academy Award ® winning filmmaker of ‘The White Helmets’ and ‘Virunga’ Orlando von Einsiedel. It is essentially a poetic feature documentary about how a family survives the unthinkable. The plot of Evelyn is not a fictional story but a tragic incident that relates to the personal life of the Oscar Winner Orlando’s own family. The film is recently nominated for the BIFA (Best Documentary prize) and set to air on September 10, 2019, on Netflix.
The premise revolves around Orlando’s family dealing with the effects of suicide committed 13 years earlier by Orlando’s brother Evelyn. He was barely 20 years old. His death wasn’t entirely unexpected — Evelyn was schizophrenic, and spent the last stretch of his life in the grip of his condition — but the incident still tore Orlando’s family apart. His parents’ marriage didn’t survive the shock, and his siblings followed his retreat into silence. That silence inevitably deepened over time, a hole in the heart that was compounded by the twin stigmas of suicide and mental illness. After a while, Evelyn’s loss became the unspoken truth hiding in the seams of every conversation, like a terrible secret that each of his loved ones carried with them in the linings of their coats.
There is no official synopsis released by the Netflix but Flyx have noted a short description published at the official webpage of Netflix, “Haunted by the suicide of a brother, a director, and his kin walks across the U.K. in an emotionally trying, visually sublime journey toward healing.” Follow this space for more updates.