Agnes

Will and his sister Agnes share a comfortable country home during the late 19th century. Will is in love with Esther, who lives past the woods and who Agnes suspects is a witch.

  • J.Christian Hamilton
    Director
  • J.Christian Hamilton
    Writer
  • J.Christian Hamilton
    Producer
    Minor (2016), The Artist's Dream (2018)
  • Julie Redwolf Alisic
    Key Cast
    "Esther Corey"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - George Brown College
  • Lake Placid Film Festival
    Lake Placid, New York
    United States
    October 26, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Toronto Short Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    March 20, 2020
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Toronto Short Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    September 17, 2020
    Winner, "Best Drama Short"
Director Biography - J.Christian Hamilton

A first-time female Director from Toronto who is also a collector and DJ of rare vintage psychedelic and art-rock vinyl with a degree in History and Theatre (University of Toronto, 2012) and Film: Video Design & Production (GBC, 2019). She first began in film as a Producer of ambitious indie road trip narrative, Minor (2016), a successful trial-by-fire feature length whose production started in Ontario and spanned 13 US states.

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Director Statement

Will and his sister Agnes share a comfortable country home during the late 19th century. Will is in love with Esther, who lives past the woods and who Agnes suspects is a witch.

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"Best Drama Short"
Official Selection, Toronto Short Film Festival, 2020

This Canadian short film, Agnes was:
Written and directed by J.Christian Hamilton
Edited by Reginald Harkema
Cinematography by Osman Force
Music Score by Alia O'Brien
(Music in this video by Malcolm Cecil)

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Director's Statement

This was my first time directing and was a great boon having had my previous degree in History as many details of a period piece need to be considered. Agnes is set somewhere between the 1890s to 1910. The inference is that although punishment for witchcraft at the time wouldn’t have been exercised through law, in middle class country life, it would be frowned upon and seen to be unseemly. This fact is one on which I built my narrative hook.
As a female writer and director, I was concerned that the first impression of pitting one woman against the other could be perceived as unsympathetic to feminism but the film has rather the opposite message and the feud between the women is fairly superficial or tertiary. None of this is the main purpose of the film but there is a subtext crucial to the plot that traditionally women have not been listened to, and so have had to find another way to speak, and that often our power is underestimated. The male character, Will, not only disregards his sister’s concerns, but is often seen lazing about while she toils, is cavalier while she is sober minded and is ultimately disrespectful and dismissive towards her. As he doesn’t seem to care what matters to her, what matters to him may soon be taken away.