GENRE experimental short film / RUNNING TIME 4:40s / YEAR 2017
‘Demons’ is a short experimental film produced in collaboration with Miss O.
A young woman struggling with mental illness, watches her romantic relationship with a promising artist begin to unravel. Personified by her other self, her mental illness becomes a barrier in their relationship. She seeks psychiatric treatment – attends therapy sessions, undergoes hypnosis and eventually shock therapy. Watching their relationship unfold like a film in an old theatre, culminates in a moment of lucidity, when the realities of her mental illness become apparent to both of them.
When we were developing the storyline for “Demons,” mental illness surfaced as a central idea amongst the narrative approaches we were exploring. We chose to further emphasize the issue of mental illness, because it made the story more interesting to us. We envisioned the protagonist as a young, in love Miss Havisham (Great Expectations), before she was jilted by her lover. We felt a struggle with mental illness fit a more contemporary interpretation of her relationship and wondered how her story might unfold differently. The lyrics of the song become a moment of lucidity, as she reflects on the love of her life and the lack of control she feels.
“Demons” uses abstraction and symbols to underpin the story. As the story is told from her perspective, in her voice, we approached the concept using the aesthetic style of a music video. We wanted the audience to discover new details with repeated viewing, so we included layers of detail to deepen the narrative. We very much see “Demons” as an experimental short film.
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