Private Project

She Wanders

Her feet began to wander
Her mind began to wander
And they locked her bedroom door.
In 1880s England a verdict of 'Death due to Somnambulism' was not uncommon. Dementia - an unknown diagnosis.
Inspired by the true story of Mrs Pugh (Hereford Times, 1886) who was locked in her bedroom by her daughter-in-law. Mrs Pugh mistook her bedroom window for a door and fell to her death.

  • Dympna Jardine
    Tip, Off Grid, Paper Lips
  • Dympna Jardine
    Tip, Off Grid
  • Vey Straker
    Key Cast
  • Simone Armstrong
    Key Cast
    "Mrs Pugh"
  • Dympna Jardine
  • Eleanor Mayall
  • Sebastian France
  • Dan Hunt
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    200 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Worcester University
  • Jane Austen International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 16, 2020
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Dympna Jardine

Following a career in journalism in London, Dympna switched to acting in the late 1990s. As well as acting in various classic and modern plays she created her stand-up comedy character Daisy as a homage to her Northern Irish roots. Her first film directing was ‘Paper Lips’ (2010), a teenage-coming-of-age comedy written by Ali Oxtoby and screened at Hay-on-Wye British Film Festival. In 2015 she wrote, directed and produced the pilot episode of sitcom Off Grid. Keen to develop her craft, Dympna enrolled in Screenwriting and Film Production BA Hons at her local university in Worcester, and graduated last year having made several student shorts.

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Director Statement

I love finding connections in random situations and highlighting their significance with poetry and humour. I particularly like to take real life stories of misunderstood or overlooked people and have them heard.