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Gorgeous Labour of Love
Year:  2006
Running Time:  9 minutes
Country:  UK
Genre:  Short
Cast:  Sharon Clancy, Nick Ewans, Stacha Hicks
Director:  Stacy Harrison

Description:
  This powerfully melodramatic short narrative embodies key aspects of the classic Gothic tale, with echoes of Du Maurier's Trilby and Le Fanu's dark stories. The mystery of the 'true' nightmare of the narrative is left for the viewer to decide.

Gorgeous Labour of Love combines fantasy with 'real' reflections of the everyday world. It blends the quasi-Victorian appearance of its characters and accessories with modem moral relativism. It uses the metaphor of the railway station and hotel to illustrate The Girl's journey to the death of innocence? An escape from the pressures of cultural stereotyping? The acquisition of wisdom?

The Midland Grand Hotel opened in London May 5th 1871. This fantastic Gothic building epitomised the paradoxes of the Victorian age. The wedding-cake facade concealed the first revolving doors and 'ascending chambers''. Behind the opulence -suites with gold-leafed walls and blazing fires - raw sewage ran in the halls. With no en suite bathrooms, servants scuttled around the 300 rooms with used chamberpots and spittoons. Without modem plumbing the hotel sank into decay, providing one of the film's central metaphors.


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Screening With: Valerie, Friday, March 23, 2007 @ 5:30pm

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