Here I Love You (triptych)

Here I Love You is a triptych of short films that take inspiration from Neruda's Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. Through mixture of animation and live-action these films reimagine Neruda's evocative poetry.

  • James Rattee
    Ghost Towns
  • Linda Mason
    Ghost Towns, Out of Love
  • Erica Smith
  • Bernard Paget
    Key Cast
  • Emma Beth Jones
    Key Cast
  • Christien Bart-Gittens
    Key Cast
  • Karen Swan
    Key Cast
  • Megan Grech
    Key Cast
  • Cagatay Ulkun
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    poetry, love, Pablo Neruda
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    MPEG 4
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Portsmouth Festivities
    United Kingdom
    June 23, 2019
  • Cannes Shorts

    May 2, 2022
    nominee for best EXPERIMENTAL short film
  • Multi Dimension Independent Festival

    Winner Best Experimental Film (May 2022)
  • Beyond the Curve

    June 28, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - James Rattee, Linda Mason

Linda Mason began filming in 2007; obtained her MA Documentary Practice in 2014. Her films have played at various festivals. She’s interested primarily in people, she loves documentary partly because you have to be led by the people and events you encounter. She’s co-founder of Egg and Spoon Films.

Her last short, Lifelong Farmers, won best Documentary Short in World Premiere film awards 2019. 'Out Of Love' was selected for BFI Flare Festival delegate programme, accepted into ‘I Filmmaker International Film Festival’, received a special mention in 2015; Gained new audiences in 2018 when selected for the 'Faith programme' for QueerBee Festival in 2018.

Dr James Rattee is a practitioner and researcher in film. His research interests include the representation of memory and materiality in film, and the ways in which film style can produce forms of meaning and understanding. He makes documentaries and short fiction films, as well as corporate and commercial videos. His recent film I, Sheep is currently screening at film festivals.

He currently produces short documentaries and explainers for Bloomberg.

Linda and James have been working on projects for several years, from projects with young offenders to other short documentaries. As part of their company Egg and Spoon Films, they produced the documentary Ghost Towns, which screened at international festivals.

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Director Statement

'Here I Love You (triptych)' was such a wonderful freely creative experimental time, so James and I are thrilled it was a nominee for best EXPERIMENTAL film at Cannes Shorts this May 2022 and finalist and Winner at Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival for Best Experimental Film in May 2022

We were keen from the outset to make each film very different. There are some stark contrasts between the poems and, to do them justice, we felt that a mixture of animation and live-action would help us reflect this variety.

Here I Love is an animated short about a man’s longing for his departed wife. The film’s protagonist sits at the end of a pier, reminiscing and longing for her to return.

The Morning Is Full is about the last moments of a couple’s break up. The poem is partly about the calmness before the storm and, in this vein, the film focuses on the silence and stillness of emotional pain.

Lastly, as a poem, Girl Lithe and Tawny mixes infatuation, objectification and lust. The film adaptation depicts an older person’s attraction and unrequited love for a younger woman, as well as memories of her own youthfulness and desire.