EXIT TO STAGE
Narrative Short | Psychological Thriller | UK | Completed
Winner of Directors UK ARRI Trinity Challenge.
A young actress is pushed to breaking point in a production of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper,’ where life starts to imitate art. As the ambitious director puts the show before her mental well-being, the line between fantasy and reality start to blur. But the show must go on.
‘Exit To Stage’ was the 2019 Winner of the Director’s UK Trinity competition, which challenged filmmakers to shoot a film in one continuous take on the new ARRI Trinity System. Inspired by the classic short story ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, this narrative short was filmed in the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End, and explores the disposable treatment of women in the entertainment industry.
First published in 1892 ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ fast became a feminist text thanks to its quietly subversive look at women’s position in society and mental health. In it a young woman’s husband confines her to a room to cure her ‘hysteria’, she begins to see a woman moving in the wallpaper pattern and eventually loses her mind. The ‘cure’ becomes the cause. In this interpretation, the action is relocated to a West End theatre the night before a new production of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ opens.
Co-directed by: DAPHNE SCHMON & EMILY CARLTON
Written by: KARINA JAKUBOWICZ
Produced by: NICOLA QUILTER
Executive Producer: MELANIE DICKS
Executive Producers: MILAN KRSLJANIN & AMY-JO BRYANT
Director of Photography: DIANA OLIFIROVA
Starring: PHILLIPA CARSON & ALEXANDER NEWLAND