It’s just another [excruciating] meal for Vienna - until an offer to conquer her greatest fear in ‘three simple steps’ arrives. Desperate for freedom from her fear of eating, Vienna takes the offer up - only to realize she bit off far more than she can chew... As Vienna is taken through these three escalating steps to conquer her fear, she also discovers just how resilient she is, ultimately fighting anorexia back in the most defiant way possible: by reclaiming her autonomy in eating.
There’s no question about it: our world’s emphasis on bodily perfection can be stifling. Yet, for some, dissatisfaction with the body goes further. For some, it turns deadly. Most media portraying eating disorders places the individual struggling in a position of weakness, fear, and entrapment by the condition. When the opportunity came to put my own experience with mental illness on screen, I wanted to showcase the eating disorder experience in a radically different way. A way that was not only highly memorable to audiences - capturing just how horrific the simple act of eating a meal could be - but also that we are warriors with every bite we take. I acknowledge that my experience may not be the same experience that others who have or are currently struggling with an eating disorder may have. There is simply no way for the complexity of this condition to be captured in a single film. However, I do promise viewers that 'The Feast' is a truthful representation of one person’s experience, with elements that are shared by many. 'The Feast' isn’t pretty. And it’s not meant to be. It’s meant to turn heads, widen perspectives, and generate conversation, through a truly unique metaphorical portrayal of the monster that is anorexia.