Disease & Desire (2020)

A new web-series based on A One-Handed Novel by Kim Clark.

Right before a dinner party, Mel’s annual MS checkup reveals that her body can only produce six more orgasms! 

Disease & Desire follows Mel and her squad of friends and freaks through MS-y escapades with sex, friendship, travel, career, money, achievement, defeat, inheritance, home and body.

Season One delivers a steamy recipe for Chicken in Mourning, the start of a weird countdown, a sixy dinner guest, and besties who love Mel… but just try too hard. Mel doesn’t want pity, she might need a light, and she definitely wants to know what you’re up to later.

This Disease & Desire pilot episode is made possible with a grant from TELUS STORYHIVE, and is available for free on demand on TELUS Optik TV.

Contributions & Artists

Mel’s alopecia t-shirt by Wilmas Design

“Don’t You Wish” performed by Call the City

Media Clippings & Links


MEL  Vanessa Sorenson
DR. SHARNI  Sean Campbell
JOHN  Sandy Robson


Directed by  Sara McIntyre
Written by  Kim Clark
Based on the book, “A One-Handed Novel” by Kim Clark (published by Caitlin Press)
Produced by  Sara McIntyre, Kim Clark, Natalia Martinez

Director of Photography  Tito Ferradans
Production Designer  Ginna Scotto
Editor  Ashley Lynch
Costume Designer  Sofia Bozikis
Music Composer  Patrick Fiore

First Assistant Director  Oliver Robertson
Camera Operators  Renata Batistini, Yandy Liu
1st AC   Shubham Chabra, Lila Ferradans
Script Supervisor  Natália Facchini
Sound Mixer, Boom Operator  Peter Robinson
Gaffer, Key Grip  Blake Chambers-White
Art Direction consultant  Darryl Knowles
Property Master  Dani Ben Halevi
Assistant Property Master  Brian Cucek
Props  Tanya Cucek
Mel’s alopecia t-shirt designed by  Wilma Fors
Makeup Artist, Hairstylist  Natália Facchini
Colourist  Ashley Lynch
Production Assistant  Jorge Cabrera

Director, Behind the Scenes  Allison Hrabluik
Sound, Behind the Scenes  Zano Matondo
Stills Photographer  Coleen de Guzman
Graphic Designers  Kelly Chan, Sara McIntyre
Sound Designer  Peter Robinson

“Don’t You Wish” performed by Call the City, written by Julian Growcott, Evan Lee


Pamela Richmond for connecting tinder and flame

Colleen Robinson, Fabiola Colmenero, Langara Film Arts, Valerie McIntyre, Wilma Fors, Molly Tuttle

Sara’s advisors in SFU’s Graduate Liberal Studies program: Helen Leung, Sasha Colby, Peter Dickinson

Evan Lee and Anna Lee

Deb Dillistone at RED Talent; Dylan Maher at Trisko Talent Mgmt.

Thanks to our TELUS STORYHIVE mentors  Shaun Cathcart, Smita Acharyya

Special thanks to our NSI mentors  Camille Beaudoin, Shelly Quade, Ursula Lawson, Kaya Wheeler and Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill

Produced with the co-operation of the UBCP/ACTRA

Produced with the assistance of Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society

Filmed in Vancouver, BC
© Kiss Dust Pictures Inc. 2020