EMILY DYBLE HELEN GRADY
DIRECTED BY CLEMENTE LOHR
WRITTEN BY THOMAS ARSENSEN
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY TOBY ELWES
"Haunted and lost, a young runaway searches the mudlands for a mysterious healing light. Is this liminal world trying to warn her, perhaps that true salvation comes from within? Ignoring the call, Jack heads further into the darkness."
Piano Factory Films is proud to present our new short film "Mudlark", a story about an introspective search for forgiveness. It is the latest film by the award-winning duo Clemente Lohr and Toby Elwes who managed to created this project despite the restrictions of Covid-19. This beautifully shot film pulls you into into its universe, exploring themes of desire, nature and mental fatigue.
Jack washes up on the mudflats and is taken in by a mysterious woman. Legend has it that in these mudlands a strange light lurks in the dark marshes, a light so bright that any man, woman or child who manage to get close enough will be absolved of all their sins.
Jack, more than anyone, needs that light. As she slowly gets closer to her goal, her dark past begins to haunt her and she starts to go mad. It seems like this liminal world wants to tell her something, perhaps that true salvation comes from within, but jack ignores the calls and heads further into the darkness.
For me, film is a way to explore imagination in a sensory medium . What I wanted from this film was to create an escapist, imaginary world and experiment with form, style and cinematic language to create a visual world of memory and emotions as much as reality. . I wanted to transport the audience into the mind of someone only loosely connected to reality, who finds herself stuck in a strange, unforgiving world, haunted by her own past.
Making this film is important to me as I, for the first time, allowed myself to direct something that sways away from conventional storytelling. I wanted to make a film that, instead of spelling everything out, invites the viewer to dwell afterwards and come to their own personal conclusions.
I want to explore for myself and those watching that cinema can go much further than the concrete struggles of the real world , and instead explore what goes on deep in someone's head - In this case, a quest to take the easy way out rather than confronting a past of violence .
- Clemente Lohr, Director
produced by TOBY ELWES & OLA FORMAN, first assistant director OLA FORMAN, first assistant camera TOM FRANCOME, production and costume designer TEODORA KOSANOVIĆ, composer MADDIE ASHMAN, sound designer HENRY SIMS,
sound recordist MATIAS TORRES, production assistant JAKE ELWES