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Production[ edit ] Greenfield describes the making of Thin as "[ Living at the center for six months, Greenfield and director of photography Amanda Micheli received unrestricted access to film staff meetings, therapy sessions, mealtimes and daily weigh-ins that depict the highly structured routine of inpatients' daily lives. The film explores their turbulent interpersonal relationships, and highlights the efforts of the Renfrew medical team and the complex tasks they face. Shelly[ edit ] Shelly Guillory is a year-old psychiatric nurse who enters the Center at the beginning of the film with a PEG feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach.
Production[ edit ] Greenfield describes the making of Thin as "[ Living at the center for six months, Greenfield and director of photography Amanda Micheli received unrestricted access to film staff meetings, therapy sessions, mealtimes and daily weigh-ins that depict the highly structured routine of inpatients' daily lives. The film explores their turbulent interpersonal relationships, and highlights the efforts of the Renfrew medical team and the gifl tasks they face.
Shelly[ edit ] Shelly Guillory is a year-old psychiatric nurse who enters the Center at the beginning of the film with a PEG feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach. She admits herself into Renfrew after ten hkn. On her arrival she weighs She has an identical twin, Kelly, who does not have an eating disorder.
Shelly describes a reliance gurl various mood stabilizers and tranquilizers and has volatile mood swings throughout the film, in particular getting very angry and aggressive when stolen food mistakenly attributed to her and pulse deficits lead to her being accused of purging. The epilogue states that Shelly lost 17 pounds after discharge and underwent electric shock therapy to treat her depression.
She admitted herself after a suicide attempt over two slices of pizza, explaining that while they weren't the whole gril, they were "kind of the straw that broke the camel's back". She celebrates her 30th birthday in the Center and seems to be making progress with her anorexia but has trouble with some of the rules. She is expelled after Shelly tells the staff about Polly getting the NEDA symbol tattooed on her hip while on a day pass from the Center.
This incident was compounded by giving mood stabilizers to Shelly. Shelly told staff that Polly had given her Hiin after the pills were discovered in her room during a routine check for contraband.
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Upon being given her hour notice to leave, Polly expresses despair and purges on camera. She was described in the epilogue as continuing to have trouble with purging and weight loss, and that she ultimately died in February at age Brittany[ edit ] Brittany Robinson is a year-old student who was admitted to Renfrew with liver damage, a low heart rate and hair loss after dropping from to 97 pounds in less than a year.
She describes herself as a compulsive over-eater from the age of 8, leading into compulsive dieting and anorexia from the age of gril, citing "a bad body image" and a craving for acceptance amongst her peers as her motivation to lose weight. According to Brittany, her mother also has an eating disorder and in an interview, Brittany describes how they would have "the greatest time" with "chew and spit" ; chewing "bags and bags of candy" and spitting it out without swallowing.
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Her mother's experience of anorexia is touched upon in greater detail in an interview in the film's companion hun, also titled X. Throughout the film Brittany is resistant to recovery, explaining that she would like to lose "another forty pounds" and that she "just want[s] to be thin".
She tells her nutritionist she has purged twelve times since entering Renfrew and walks out of group therapy in tears when her dedication to recovery is challenged by Polly. Brittany's insurance benefits run out, forcing her to leave treatment early. She relapses into anorexia before leaving, prompting concern amongst patients and staff, and is released against medical advice.
The epilogue states that she began to restrict after discharge and lost weight rapidly.
Insurance would not pay for further treatment. Alisa[ edit ] Alisa Williams, a year-old divorced mother of two, traces her eating issues back to an incident at the pediatrician when she was 7 and put on a diet which then led to anorexia.
Apart from her binges, which she describes as occurring "every few weeks or so, over and over again, for three or four days", she was restricting to under calories a day prior to entering Renfrew. She had been hospitalized five times in the ggirl months leading to her admittance to the Center. Having struggled with her eating disorder for 16 years, Alisa took disability leave from her job as a pharmaceutical rep in order to enter treatment.
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Alisa seems to respond well to Renfrew and towards the end of her stay expresses a desire to "taste recovery". After discharge, Alisa struggles through dinner with her children and Shelly at a restaurant. She picks at her food and takes tiny bites.
The film later shows Alisa, agitated and pacing around her home, distract her two children with cartoons and waffles as she enters her bathroom to purge repeatedly. The epilogue reveals that she would go on to lose gjrl pounds and attempt suicide, and that she returned to Renfrew for treatment and maintained a healthy weight after leaving. Participant status updates[ edit ] InShelly reported that she was successfully recovering from her eating disorder.
She died at her residence on February 8, due to an overdose of sleeping pills. Louis, Ojai, Galway and Sweden. It has also been nominated for an International Documentary Association Award.