The Ballad of Gloria Sedgwick

The short tale of a capricious heroine and curiosity that can’t quite be killed.

  • Bex Carney
  • Peter Riddihough
    One Man's Island, Jump
  • Bex Carney
    Key Cast
    Trigger, GumShoes, The Fire Jammers
  • Peter Riddihough
    Director of Photography
    One Man's Island, Jump
  • Peter Riddihough
    One Man's Island, Jump
  • Spencer Creaghan
  • Bex Carney
  • Peter Riddihough
    One Man's Island, Jump
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    HD Digital Video
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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  • Hamilton Film Festival
    Hamilton, Ontario
    November 8, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Canada Shorts
    St John, New Brunswick
    December 10, 2016
    New Brunswick
    Award of Distinction
  • Milton Film Festival
    Milton, Ontario
    January 29, 2017
    Best Short Film, Audience Choice Award
  • Sunderland Shorts Film Festival
    Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
    United Kingdom
    May 4, 2017
    UK Premiere
  • Hamilton International Film Festival
    Hamilton, New York
    United States
    July 26, 2017
  • Forest City Film Festival
    London, Ontario
    October 26, 2017
Director Biography - Peter Riddihough

Peter Riddihough is a filmmaker – writer, director, cameraman and editor – with a broad range of experience in film, video and new media production. He began his career directing television commercials before shifting over to documentary film. His feature documentary, One Man’s Island, the story of one man’s obsession with the world’s most dangerous motorcycle race, premiered at The Montreal World Film Festival and continues to be regarded as cult favorite amongst motorcyclists worldwide. Jump, a profile of basejumpers in Toronto, was also selected for prominent film festivals in Canada and licensed for television. The Ballad of Gloria Sedgwick represents a return to the narrative form and Peter is actively developing new short and feature length narrative projects. Along with his film work, Peter is a founding member of, and projection & lighting designer for, “Sector N Collective” a site specific performance company. Peter was born in Dublin, Ireland, raised on the west coast of Canada, studied film at the University of Toronto & Ryerson University Toronto, and is now based in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Director Statement

The Ballad of Gloria Sedgwick was born out of the creative collaboration of writer & performer Bex Carney and myself. The film’s premise clearly comes from Bex’s years of work as a performance artist but it really came together because of the giant circus tent she had set up in the grounds of the old school house where she lives. It was an opportunity that couldn’t be missed.

Though the project came together quickly, almost improvised at times, I felt that the film ought to have a formal sense of composition. Whether we adopted the stylistic look and feel of an old silent film or not, the story needed to be constructed, the turns of action carried through the edit as much as within the shot. Bex had a very specific physical performance that she wanted to be the centrepiece of the film and strong sense of the character who would undertake it. What was exciting for me was to break down a very simple story into logical building blocks, developing beats from the steps that Gloria takes on her way to, up and down the silk. The other important element I wanted to incorporate was a sense of the environment in which the story takes place. As a director and photographer, balancing a sense of context for a story with the small details that make it up is critical, the one is meaningless without the other, and the juxtaposition of the two gives energy to the film.

The Ballad of Gloria Sedgwick is intended as a playful exploration of performance and form. The stylistic approach we adopted was then carried further by Spencer Creaghan’s wonderful original score. The simple playful movements of the music enhance the stages of Gloria’s journey.