Lady Mercy

A sick man has a mysterious encounter in the woods leading to the miraculous cure of his disease and a curious ending to his day. Based on the poem "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats.

  • Michelle Karaivanov
  • Michelle Karaivanov
  • Ingvild Deila
    Key Cast
    Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Richard Dawes
    Key Cast
  • William Aplin
    Director of Photography
  • Eyaz Chishty
    Assistant Camera
  • Kitty Bertenshaw
    Production Designer
  • Sam Jang
    Colour Grader
  • Eriks Mickevics
  • Harry Volker
    Sound Recordist
  • Ben Heraud
    Sound Designer
  • Sam Benjafield
  • Reno Roberts
  • Michelle Karaivanov
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Ravensbourne
Director Biography - Michelle Karaivanov

Michelle Karaivanov was born in South Africa and moved to England in 1999. She is Bulgarian and is very influenced by her experience living in one culture but being from another. She likes deciphering people from how they act to what they feel. She is interested in exploring the aesthetics of life - the subtle beauty that can be found in people, nature, and even ideas.

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Director Statement

An adaptation of one of my favourite poems. I wondered what a fairytale would look like nowadays - do we need to suspend our belief to the point of not believing at all simply because the lady of the forest wears wellington boots?