Dark fairytale is new project for acclaimed young film makers

Concept art for the first scene in the film by production designer Andrew Baillie
9 Jan 2014 @ 10.03 am
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Producer Eloise Davison reveals details of her team’s ambitious and unsettling new movie – and how you can help to make it happen

Pearl is our latest short film currently in pre-production at the University of York. The story is a dark, modern fairytale set on the beautiful Kintyre coast of Scotland.

Our group is comprised of seven students from the university, plus freelance art designer Andrew Baillie and make up from EJB Make Up. The writer / director is Hannah Palumbo and our team have been nominated at the RTS Awards, the UK Film Festival and LUMA Film Festival.

The story follows Cecily, a secluded and controlling mother to Margaret, a young woman with a sickness caused by her strange ability to cough up pearls. When a doctor from the city finds out about them, their life in the quiet, isolated house by the sea changes forever.

As the modern world invades their lonely and controlled environment, they can no longer remain in their fairy-tale existence. As Margaret begins to deteriorate, their world begins to crumble and Cecily is forced to make some difficult decisions, whether to save Margaret or let her die…

Concept art for the first scene in the film by production designer Andrew Baillie
Concept art for the first scene in the film by production designer Andrew Baillie

We begin filming at the beginning of February and it is our most ambitious project to date. This will be a high quality film using the latest equipment and post production facilities at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York.

Film making is of course, an expensive business. We’ve secured three-quarters of the budget – but we need your help securing the last portion. We’ve set up a page on crowdfunding website Kickstarter if you’d like to donate or see more details about the project.

Every donation really does count and we’re so grateful for all the support we’ve been given so far.