Ann and Arthur Fletcher on the Making of Bella
Ann and Arthur Fletcher have recently completed a film about the mystery of Bella, the remains of a woman who was found in a wych elm in Hagley wood in 1943.
Arthur read poems about Bella by Nellie Fay Cole, and was inspired to make a film driven by these poems. In the film Nellie read the poems, and Arthur and Ann build their film around them. This presented a number of challenges, and Ann and Arthur took us through those challenges and what they’d learnt in the course of making the films. The challenges ranged from difficulties filming a presenter so that there would be a variety of camera angles – but from just one camera – to creating imaginative scenes and soundscapes to go with the content of the poems.
The evening ended with a premiere screening of Bella in the presence of Nellie Cole and her parents. The film was very well received!
Have a look at the trailer for Bella here.