ABOUT MILLEFEUILLE

Millefeuille (or A Thousand Leaves) tells the story of Élodie, a French woman living a solitary and lonesome existence that has all but given up on her career as a pastry chef and has moved to London to escape from painful personal memories. Struggling with the effects of psoriasis and worsening psoriatic arthritis, Élodie one day meets Holly – the girl next door who, full of life and ambition, changes everything.

Millefeuille (or A Thousand Leaves) tells the story of Élodie, a French woman living a solitary and lonesome existence that has all but given up on her career as a pastry chef and has moved to London to escape from painful personal memories. Struggling with the effects of psoriasis and worsening psoriatic arthritis, Élodie one day meets Holly – the girl next door who, full of life and ambition, changes everything.

OUR INSPIRATION

Millefeuille is the culmination of extensive research in this space, highlighting a significant group of psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis sufferers who – like Élodie – struggle with the multiple aspects of their disease, but believe the status quo is the best they can hope for.

There are a number of people who are merely ‘coping’ rather than being satisfied with how their condition is managed, and many people with psoriasis withdraw from the health system. Some stop seeing their doctor or see them much less often, making it harder for people to get the help they need.1

We have heard first hand from patients that this experience can lead to deep unhappiness.2 We believe that ‘coping’ is not good enough and that people living with these complex diseases deserve more.

Millefeuille is also a story of triumph over adversity, hope and social acceptance. Élodie is shown on the fringes of society as she finds it difficult to handle the combination of her medical conditions and personal tragedy. Her story conveys a universal message of hope and friendship through times of suffering: something we can all relate to.

This year the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a global report on psoriasis, in a bid to bring the public health impact of this complicated condition into focus.3 Please watch and share the movie to help deepen society’s understanding of the challenges facing these communities.

You can read the WHO report and find out more about psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and their complications by clicking here.

It’s like a ride where you cannot keep control of your head or your body – but I can’t get off – whatever I do I can’t make the ride stop.

Élodie

CAST & CREW

ACTORS

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Anne Parillaud Elodie

Anne Parillaud is a French award-winning actress. In 1991, she won a Cesar for Best Actress for her performance in La Femme Nikita,directed by Luc Besson. Anne has worked with international directors such as John Landis, Ettore Scola, Amos Gitai, Vincent Ward, Raoul Ruiz and Alfonso Arau. She also played with Leonardo Di Caprio in The Man in the Iron Mask as the actor’s mother.
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Rosie Day Holly

Rosie Day is a British actress and one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’. She can be seen playing a leading role opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in new feature film All Roads Lead to Rome. Her film credits include lead roles in The Seasoning House, Ironclad 2 and Sixteen and her television credits include Cuffs, Homefront and Misfits.
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Wolf Kahler Grandad

Wolf Kahler is a German actor born in Kiel. He came to England in 1970 and has since been a resident of London. One of his most well-known roles was that of Dietrich in The Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 2001 he portrayed a Wehrmacht General in the World War II TV miniseries, Band of Brothers. In 2011 Kahler appeared as Dr. Hoffmannsthal in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
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PRODUCTION
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Alastair Clayton Director

Alastair started Turtle Canyon Films in 2002. After working in different roles on various short film projects for festivals and online release, in early 2015, Turtle Canyon Films teamed up with Bedrock Multimedia to produce Alastair’s award-winning short film In Memory, a love story focusing on an elderly couple coping with the daily struggle of advancing dementia. His sensitivity to the healthcare element of this story as well as his passion for telling a moving and human story made him the natural choice to helm Millefeuille.
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Isla Ure Screenwriter

Isla’s first short film Passengers was nominated for the BFI (British Film Institute) Future Film Award. She is currently writing military feature The Corps and London based feature, Spark.
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David Youds Producer

David is Owner and Managing Director of Bedrock Healthcare Communications. David has 15 years’ experience working for a number of leading companies in the healthcare industry. In 2010, David decided to lend his commercial experience to develop engaging communications programmes, founding Bedrock. Bedrock’s multimedia practice develops ’edutainment’ which aims to thrill, engage and teach audiences across healthcare issues.
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MEDICAL ADVISORS

Nikhil Yawalkar Medical Advisor

Nikhil Yawalkar is Associate Professor and Vice-Chairman at the Department of Dermatology, University of Bern, Switzerland. He is board-certified in Dermatology (1995) as well as Allergy and Clinical Immunology (1998) and has completed two postdoctoral research fellowships at the Department of Dermatology, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco and at the Harvard Skin Disease Research Center, Boston, USA.
His main research interests include immunological mechanisms in inflammatory skin diseases. He has over 100 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and is a member of various national and international professional societies.

Dr. Ennio Lubrano di Scorpaniello MD, PHD Medical Advisor

Dr. Lubrano is an Aggregate Professor in Rheumatology at the University of Molise and Consultant Rheumatologist at Cardarelli Hospital, NHS, Campobasso, Italy. Dr. Lubrano is a leading expert in the field of rheumatology both in Italy and internationally and has authored/co-authored 75 publications.
He is also a member of several renowned professional bodies including; General Medical Council (GMC), Italian Society of Rheumatology (SIR) and GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis).

BEHIND THE SCENES: THE MAKERS OF MILLEFEUILLE

   

Click on the images below to learn more about the award-winning production team behind Millefeuille.

  

BEHIND THE SCENES GALLERY

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