Experiencing Interruptions?

THE THING IN THE BAG

A emotionally disturbed young woman dragging a bag behind her arrives at an out-of-the-way Beijing coffee shop, where she encounters four men who have started a cult based on the poem Jabberwocky.

  • Joseph Graves
    Director
  • Joseph Graves
    Writer
  • Joseph Graves
    Producer
  • Joseph Graves
    Key Cast
  • Summer Wei
    Key Cast
  • Li Dan
    Key Cast
  • Guo Zhaoqi
    Key Cast
  • Sebastian Li
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 17 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 2, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    China
  • Country of Filming:
    China
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Joseph Graves

Along with work in dozens of plays or all kinds, Joseph Graves has acted in and/or directed all of Shakespeare's plays. His theatre work has been seen from New York to Los Angeles in America; in London, Dublin and Glasgow in Great Britain; in numerous continental European countries; and in more than 100 cities in China. He is currently the Artistic Director of Sevenages, the largest musical theatre company in China.

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Director Statement

I knew that I wanted to make a film dealing with the limitations of language to effectively articulate the reasons for our emotional reactions to the events of our lives. (How does one find proper words to speak of things which seems to emanate from regions outside words' scope?) And I knew that I wanted to explore this question in the basic style of a horror movie. And, since in horror films, time so often insists, ticking away so very fast, I hoped that by purposefully limiting the amount of time spent writing, rehearsing and shooting the film -- 8 days all together; 3 days for writing; 2 days for rehearsing; and 3 days for shooting -- to create within us all, cast and crew, a sense of urgent focus that would reflect itself in an appropriately-urgent telling of our story. I think that worked well.