Agnes (Student Film)
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 HamiltonProducerMinor (2016), The Artist's Dream (2018)
Julie Redwolf AlisicKey Cast"Esther Corey"
Runtime:11 minutes 21 seconds
Completion Date:September 6, 2019
Production Budget:800 USD
Country of Origin:Canada
Country of Filming:Canada
Student Project:Yes - George Brown College
Lake Placid Film FestivalLake Placid, New York
October 26, 2019
North American Premiere
Toronto Short Film FestivalToronto
September 17, 2020
Winner, "Best Drama Short"
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.
"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)
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; it’s really used as a device. 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.