Private Project

Wool

Bound by his rules, she begins to unravel.
In a house stood still in time, a woman knits, unaware her husband keeps her where he wants her - stuck at home, she has no say. All must go his way. But when he sets her one knitting project too many she is gripped by an urge to make a bid for freedom.

  • DYMPNA JARDINE
    Director
    Paper Lips, She Wanders
  • Dympna Jardine
    Writer
    She Wanders
  • Charlotte Atkinson
    Producer
    Bookworm, Foxhole
  • Vey Straker
    Key Cast
    The Willows
  • Jason Segade
    Key Cast
  • Billy Abbott
    Cinematographer
  • Emily Walder
    Editor
    The Silent Child
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 19, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • London Independent Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    April 8, 2022
    UK
    Official Selection
  • Romford Film Festival
    Romford, Essex
    United Kingdom
    May 20, 2022
    Special Commendation
  • Nevada Women's Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    June 26, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Ignite Film Festival
    Marlborough, Wiltshire
    United Kingdom
    June 29, 2022
    Nomination - Best Production Design
  • Brighton Rocks International Film Festival
    Brighton
    United Kingdom
    July 23, 2022
    Best Drama Runner-Up
  • Women Over Fifty Film Festival
    Online
    United Kingdom
    September 9, 2022
    Audience Choice (3rd)
  • Jane Austen International Film Festival
    Bath
    United Kingdom
    September 16, 2022
    Short Drama: Best Story
  • Suffolk Shorts
    Woodbridge
    United Kingdom
    October 8, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Worcester Film festival
    Worcester
    United Kingdom
    October 14, 2022
    Best Midlands Film
  • Overcome Film Festival
    online
    United Kingdom
    October 23, 2022
    Best Editing
  • Topaz Film Festival
    Dallas
    United Kingdom
    October 29, 2022
    Best Directing
  • FilmBath
    Bath
    United Kingdom
    November 5, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Norwich Film Festival
    Norwich
    United Kingdom
    November 17, 2022
    Official Selection
  • North East International Film Festival
    Newcastle
    United Kingdom
    November 19, 2022
    Official Selection
  • London Lift-Off Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    December 5, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Chandler International Film Festival
    Chandler, Arizona
    United States
    January 28, 2023
    Best Short Film
  • London Director Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    February 9, 2023
    Best Director Female
  • Borderlines Film Festival
    Hereford
    United Kingdom
    March 5, 2023
    Open Screen Selection
  • Greece International Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    April 29, 2023
    EU Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • Flickers' Roving Eye International Film Festival
    Providence
    United States
    April 24, 2023
    Semi-Finalist
  • Love & Hope International Film Festival
    Barcelona
    Spain
    September 20, 2023
    Spanish Premiere
    Nominations: Best Drama Short Film & Best Empowerment Female Director
Director Biography - DYMPNA JARDINE

Following a career in journalism in London, Dympna switched to acting in the late 1990s. As well as performing in various classic and modern plays she created her stand-up comedy character Daisy as a homage to her Northern Irish upbringing. 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 in 2019 having made several student shorts including period drama She Wanders.

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Director Statement

Wool takes on the serious issue of coercive control which has only recently been recognised as abuse in UK law and gives it a subversive yet uplifting ending. It is based on a story I was told by a victim of abusive control whose partner timed how long it took her to knit a ball of wool. He then regularly set her knitting projects when he went away on business to make sure she didn’t go out. The vivid image of the balls of wool piling up in front of her stayed with me - how could fluffy balls of wool become so unnerving?
In the development of the script I found strong symbolism, intention and theme emerging and a desire to make a film with no dialogue as the wife has no voice in the relationship and passive aggressive behaviour is often silent.
This film fulfils my ambition to bring humour and compassion to tough issues as a way of showing things can work out differently. There’s also a desire to tell a bigger story on the need to shift away from the creeping acceptance of the monitoring of our fellow human beings; of the need to control everything.