From the Film Maker:
‘Orpheus’ stood out for me because of the beautiful colours and the abundance of wildlife. Orpheus plays the lyre and enchants the animals, trees and rocks. So, in the same way that Orpheus can make wild animals behave differently from what nature intended, I thought it would be an idea to apply this to humans.
We are not always completely in control of our destiny. The media, our parents and society shape the world we live in. People and events influence our actions.
The little girl in the film has taken on Orpheus’ role: she is the controlling influence over the animals in the story. I begin with the animals behaving in the natural way. I extended the initial concept of the painting – the control of Orpheus/the girl over the behaviour of the animals – into layers of control by pulling out so that the audience sees a bigger picture, showing that things aren’t what they seem to be.
A piece inspired by Roelandt Savery, Orpheus, 1628