Samuel West gives a compelling performance on the stage of the Theatre Royal in Brighton for this short film, directed by Jonathan Stow and written by Lucy Nordberg. The film explores the universal idea of homecoming through the myth of Odysseus, who found that after Trojan war and an epic journey home, his trials were far from over.
Renowned actor Greta Scacchi narrates this atmospheric poem telling the story of a gladiator fighting in the arena, while his mother watches on, unable to protect him. After looking away to distract herself from the danger he is in, she is reminded of happier times when he was a child, free of responsibility.
This filmed poem is recited by the Lady of a country house, over a hundred years ago, as she looks into her dressing table mirror. A slightly unsettling and literal reflection on the passing of time, the film stems from the idea that over the years, many people would have used the mirror to view and assess their reflections. But unlike a portrait or a photograph, its blank surface offers us no clues as to their identities.
Media tycoon John is looking deal with his legacy, and asks his younger brother to write his biography. Long-buried tensions between them threaten to derail John’s schemes, which involve everyone in his life from his former actress wife to a pair of film director brothers. Can John keep control of the players in his game?