An Old Man of the Hills, and the Schoolmaster's Story

An Old Man of the Hills, and the Schoolmaster's Story is an early chapter from Richard Le Gallienne's novel The Quest of the Golden Girl. 

CHAPTER PLOT: One sunny May morning in 1890, a charming man called Richard walks across the Surrey Hills. He is on a quest for 'The Golden Girl’. He meets an old man who tells him a fascinating tale of local romance: the love affair between the charismatic village schoolmaster and the Lord of the Manor’s graceful wife. Richard, a lonely man on a quest for love, is deeply inspirited by the beauty and significance of the story. Parting ways with the old man, Richard rambles down a luscious green path to the enchanting woodland clearing where the lovers used to meet, enthralled by the notion that, in a phrase: 
“We never know at what moment we are treading sacred earth!"

A late-Victorian romance of medieval sentiment, it is a film of spring; a journey on foot, depicting the ancient English woodlands, articulating the echoes of the past and the companionship they give us through folklore, and, ultimately, celebrating passion, interaction and connection. With poetic narration throughout, scenes dissolve between present and past, day and night, colour and black & white. The story is told fluidly, as past and present intertwine, overlap and become one. 

  • Harry Pearson
  • Richard Le Gallienne
  • Harry Pearson
  • Donal Cox, Gordon Taggart
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Period Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 7, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Harry Pearson