Last year I was looking for YouTubes of Bryn Terfel, when I came across a beautiful, moving, short film, The Dinner Guest,
At that time, in the comments section, Erica said,
This is somewhat embarrassing to admit, but I found myself weeping, and I cannot quite for sure say why.
This wasn’t a sad film, but it had a sadness to it that drudged up some kind of abstract emotion inside me.
It was almost too beautiful for words.
The first time I saw The Dinner Guest I didn’t weep, but for some reason, while watching it today I did. It could be that the film’s wonderful combination of familiarity and yearning got me this time.
The film was made by Joe Gleason, who contacted the Anchoress (who is a big Bryn fan) and explained,
It’s an incredibly economic film; I borrowed many of the props, I manned the camera myself, the actors are friends of mine, and the mansion is right near where I live.
I’m a strong Christian, and I’m so glad to read your insights into the film. You’ve touched on many of the themes I hoped to communicate, and expanded on ideas I hadn’t even fully developed while making it. I hope to continue making films that provoke reflection and discussion, and ultimately, I’d like to impact the world and draw people closer to God through them.
Here are four more of his intensely lyrical, lovely films,
A Letter, where Mrs Sutton leaves the room…
A Birthday Party, on families and change,
The Hospital, on hope,
Today The Anchoress posts on another of Joe’s films, Almost Evening, in two parts,
The only other director that comes to mind who has such a deft touch on portraying characters and their relationships with each other is Ang Lee. I hope Joe’s career is as successful.
Wishing all of you a happy and prosperous 2010, and thank you for your support.