The Lady of Shalott film is one of the most beautiful projects I have ever seen. On an aesthetic level, it encompasses everything I love: diligence to history and craftsmanship, the poetry of Tennyson, and a lush, cinematic quality that allows you to briefly be cocooned into the medieval world of Elaine of Astolat. On a personal level, I consider the makers of the film to be wonderful friends who were quite kind to me last year after my husband endured a horrific accident.
The Lady of Shalott film has announced that when they reach 1500 ‘likes’ on their facebook page, they will release the film online for free. So, please, like them on facebook. Tweet and blog their link for your friends to see. Because if you haven’t seen it yet, you are going to love their Lady of Shalott!
The fabulous team behind the Lady of Shalott film is at it again! Their current project involves creating four short comic sketches based on famous paintings. They have already created Mona Lisa and American Gothic and are about to do Girl with a Pearl Earring (Vermeer). You may remember that I’ve included the Mona Lisa and American Gothic videos in a previous post.
Now here’s where you come in! They have not fully decided which painting to do for the fourth video, and a Pre-Raphaelite work is a possibility. As you can see in their work, they treat the subject matter seriously and with affection, but give it an amusing twist. I’ve been asked to open this query with readers of this blog. They would love to hear your suggestions on which Pre-Raphaelite painting to tackle for their fourth video, so please post a comment!
PoetAndrew Norris sent me a message via YouTube sharing his amazing film, based upon the exhumation of Elizabeth Siddal. I am thrilled to share it with you, Norris is indeed a talent and I encourage you to see his other films via his blog.
The second episode of Desperate Romantics is on YouTube. Here we see a reenactment of Lizzie posing in what is perhaps the most famous image of her: Ophelia, painted by Sir John Everett Millais. I’ve included a video clip (hopefully, it is visible to those of you who receive these posts via a reader). Lizzie’s posing begins at about the 5:30 mark. Also, there is a good overview of this episode at The Beautiful Necessity.
I have only seen snippets of Desperate Romantics so far; I can’t really speak about the series as a whole. I am aware of the historical inaccuracies and I do question some of the changes made. But from what I’ve seen, Amy Manson portrays Lizzie as likable and spirited. I’ve enjoyed seeing Lizzie portrayed with personality and not as a demure waif who sits quietly n Rossetti’s shadow.
Since Desperate Romantics began I have seen a definite rise in traffic. I thought that both new and returning readers would like a glimpse of other portrayals of Elizabeth Siddal. Below, via YouTube, is a clip from Dante’s Inferno, directed by Ken Russell:
Also, Patricia Quinn as Lizzie opposite Ben Kingsley as DGR:
Have you heard about this beautiful project? If not, then allow me to warn you that you about to be swept away by WAG Screen’s attention to detail and beauty in this glorious production!
And our dear Lizzie has a cameo! I’ll share more about that in a bit, but first let me give you some basic info about the film, photos, trailers, etc.
2009 is the bicentenary of the birth of Alfred, Lord Tennyson in Lincolnshire. As part of the celebrations a major exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite art, including some of Waterhouse’s works, will be shown at The Collection, Lincoln from May.
WAG Screen is also making a short filmed dramatisation of the Lady of Shalott as part of the 2009 Tennyson bicentenary celebrations. They are working very closely with the Waterhouse paintings of the Lady of Shalott and have gone to great lengths to replicate her clothes, her boat and, currently, her loom. To find out more visit their web site at: www.theladyofshalott.co.uk
The film will also be shown at the Collection in May 2009.
The woman portraying the Lady of Shalott is perfection! Or, in Pre-Raphaelite terms, she is a stunner.
The curse has come upon the Lady of Shalott… and”The mirror crack’d from side to side”
The photo above is from the final day of filming of The Lady of Shalott film project. More photos can also be seen at The Beautiful Necessityhere and here. An excerpt from an email from Pauline at WAG Screen says “Note the candles in the
foreground – they are the ones she will take down with her to the boat.
Victoria Rigby – who plays the Lady of Shalott – has been superb, not only
does she look the part and can act and sing, but she is a delight to work
Judging from the photos, Victoria Rigby is indeed a perfect choice for the Lady of Shalott. And the details in costuming and set design are impeccable, to say the least. I think that this project is an inspired idea and it is so easy to see the level of craftsmanship that has been poured into every moment of this film.
WAG Screen is a not-for-profit organisation closely related to WAG (Washingborough Archaeology Group).
The film will be made available on DVD! I asked Pauline of WAG Screen about the purchase of the film on DVD. She answered,“Thank you Stephanie – yes we will make it available on DVD and, since we are
a not-for-profit group, any money we make from sales will be ploughed back in to the next project.”
When I have info about DVD purchase, I’ll post it here. I want to be able to support their projects!
How does Lizzie fit in? Several weeks ago, I received an email from Pauline of WAG Screen. Here’s a snippet:
As part of our filmed dramatisation of the lady of Shalott we are also recording an actor as Tennyson reading his poem to an after dinner audience. It is a fictional event, so for fun we thought we would include some of the artists who illustrated his work including Holman Hunt and Rossetti, so I couldn’t resist including Lizzie Siddal in the audience. Most of the audience will be in formal dress for 1856, but the artists rather more bohemian.
How exciting. They’ve posted a few stills on their Facebook fan page and I’ll share a couple of them here. There are more at this page of Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood: