Garden of Marionette: A short film for my HSC art major
Don’t let fear follow you. Don’t let fear consume you.
A short film I did 3 years ago for my HSC Visual Arts Project.
I was inspired by the first chapter of the Bible, the tale of Adam and Eve – particularly about Eve and how she was succumbed by the snake, leading her to bite into the apple and be forever banished. I took this concept and added my own philosophy: How fear can lead people astray and consume them if left unfettered. Fear is also in the mind.
This is a story about a young girl whose nightmares get her caught up in her own head – an Alice in Wonderland sort of journey. We see her trotting through the dark forest, her heart rate pacing up as she wanders, letting her ego and curiosity get the better of her. She finds herself in a hollowed out dead end deep in the forest, and that is where she comes face to face with the thing she fears the most – death. The snake can sense her fear. He gets into her head and traps her from inside.
Embellished with dark and twisted symbolism, references, and idioms, the ‘Garden of Marionette’ is a film that was made during a very low time of my life. Young and lost, I tried very hard to make sense of the world around me, and this was the final product. A six-minute roller coaster through my head; a brief but concrete depiction of the struggles some may have to go through every day. A battle that exists inside of our heads and tantalises us.
Don’t read too much into it. Enjoy.
Sarah at 18