BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM
Brand new for 2017 is this independent Midlands phantasmagoria lovingly crafted by film-makers with a passion for the bizarre and the macabre romanticism of real-life folklore in the cinema. Fans of traditional ghost stories as well as silent terrors such as Haxan and the films of Guy Maddin will delight in this spooky journey through the 1940's darkest undercurrents.
In 1943 a group of boys wandering the woodland of Hagley Hall discovered the remains of an unknown woman stuffed inside a hollowed Wych Elm tree. To this day her identity is still unknown. In 1944 however, mysterious graffiti began to adorn the walls of the neighboring towns; WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM. Somebody knew but who? This curious folk phantasmagoria feverishly displays the known possibilities which take us from the mystical realms of witchcraft, restless ghosts to sinister WW2 espionage. Bella In The Wych Elm will intrigue, and frighten in all it's quaint yet claustrophobic glory.
Narrated by 'Tatty' Dave Jones
Appearing in this film are: Sarah L Page, James Underwood, Lee Mark Jones, Traci Templer, James Taylor, Matias Barnes, Adam Mancrief, Martin Pugh, Isaac Trevallion, Barry Anscomb-Moon, Jim Heal, Peter Grail, Sofia Barnes, Hanna Rose Hawkins, Megan McKechnie, Richard Quarterman
Voice of Una, New forest enchantress, Spirit voice by Ria Parfitt
Music by The Worrisome Ankletrout
Bella's melancholia written by Craigus Barry
Based on the articles of W. Byford Jones
Written, Shot, Edited, Produced and Directed by Tom Lee Rutter
'**** SUBLIMELY UNSETTLING...LIKELY THE CREEPIEST THING YOU'LL HAVE SEEN IN QUITE SOME TIME.' - Rob Talbot; Scream Horror Magazine
''THIS IS FILM AS ART...BEAUTIFUL AND INTRIGUING AND MIND EXPANDING.'' - m. j. simpson
''AN ODD BUT BEGUILING FILM...A TRIUMPH'' - dark eyes of london
''A DARK DELIGHT'' - midlands movies
''Bella in the Wych Elm succeeds spectacularly. It’s a smart, clever, beautifully constructed piece'' - Howard Ingham; Folk horror revival