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 an old mirror can make us wonder how many people would have looked into it over the centuries, and what their lives were like. But unlike a portrait or a photograph, a mirror offers no clues.
There are two versions of the film: one in standard footage, the other in 360 capture, which is viewable in a VR headset. In the 360 version, the viewer is situated between a ghostlike Lady and her more ‘real’ reflection. Towards the end, the reflected image acts independently of the Lady, echoing the meaning in the last lines of the poem.
Preston Manor in Brighton is a historic house, preserved to show how such a building would function in the period before and after the First World War. The house has its origins in a simple mid-13th century stone-built structure, with transformations taking place over the years. The manor was bequeathed to Brighton Corporation in 1932 by its last private occupants. Today, it is open to the public to reflect the way of life of a well-to-do Edwardian family and their servants.
Cast & Crew
|Lady of the House:||Isabella McCarthy Sommerville|
|Lady’s Maid:||Rosanna Bini|
|Butler:||Matthew Wynn Davis|
|Editor:||Alexx Paul Sherman|
|Production Design:||Paula Wrightson|
|Cinematography & Camera for 360 version:||Michael Danks|