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SECRET LOVE
2002 - 3.30 mins - 35mm - colour
Scratched on film animation
Produced, directed, animated and edited by Paul Bush
Father - Jason Morrell
Daughter - Annie Carpenter
Music - Percy Grainger
Costumes - Joanna Macklin
Sound design - Andy Cowton
An Ancient Mariner Production commissioned by S4C, Arts Council of Wales and Sgrin.

To the background of village celebrations a father questions his daughter about a suspected lover. She cleverly deflects him with her answers but the passions rise, the villagers take sides and what began as a harmless banter becomes bitter and angry. Inarticulate with rage the father mounts his horse and the male villagers set out to begin a cycle of violence seemingly without end. In this traditional Nordic song a pattern of developing and irrevocable anger emerges which we are familiar with both in domestic violence and international conflict.

Shot live action on miniDV in black and white, edited and transferred to 35mm colour film. Animated by scratching directly into the surface of the 35mm filmstock. Composited and coloured in a computer and transferred back to 35mm for theatrical release.

Diploma of Honour - 2003 Krok International Festival of Animated Films, Ukraine
Special mention - 2003 Madrid Experimental Film Week

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