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The Comedy of Errors

The Wraith

22 September 11 words: Harry Wilding
A dark, and somewhat quirky, tale of a young woman trapped in limbo between the world of the living and of the dead

The Wraith from Polymath Pictures on Vimeo.

Filmed entirely on location in Nottingham and Lincoln, with crew picked from Lincoln University and Nottingham Trent graduates, The Wraith challenges to “take the audience through our world and into the next,where dreams are reality and reality is a distant memory.”. This fifteen minute short film is a dark and somewhat quirky, tale of a young woman trapped in limbo between the world of the living and of the dead. Her dreams are her only solace, where she collects items to construct puppetlike companions when she is awake.

The central character is played brilliantly by Angharad Jones, who manages to be freaky and cute in every one of her expressions - this also goes for her nicely animated, imp language-speaking puppet creatures. The haunting, and often playful, score from The Hellset Orchestra and Ulysses Storm frontman Michael Wetherburn compliments her performance and the film’s subject matter perfectly.

Tom Walsh, after working on projects for the BBC and with bands such as Pendulum and Mystery Jets, directs this short, bringing out a quality performance from Jones and giving the film a beautiful, Guillermo Del Toro influenced look– particularly in the waking realm - with the help of director of photography, Stuart MacGregor. The wraith character could have also walked straight out of a Tim Burton movie, with her gothic attire and awkward mannerisms; this whole look is helped by some quality choices of location, costume and set dressing.

Bernard Hill’s narration - yes, that Bernard Hill; Yosser Hughes, Lord of the Rings, Titanic and all - is perfect for the dark, fairytale-like words that spill out like poetry. Partners Walsh and Amy Nicholson (who runs her own live art and performance company, SHRUG) initially started brainstorming ideas for the screenplay way back in 2005; however, that pesky thing called life got in the way for some time, before they were able to return to the idea and finally get funding and a team together.

The Wraith works on every level; even the end credits have some excellent (and, again, haunting and cute) stop motion images. Check out the Urban Apache Films site, which holds more of their movies, such as the award winning black comedy Greasepaint.

Harry Wilding

Official film website

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