The Electricity In Me

00:10:25 Film 2022

[CLIP]

It is so strange he looks like me. I had so thoroughly renounced all claim to him that I didn’t expect to be there at all.

Years after giving up her newborn son for adoption, a woman confronts her trauma and memories of the man she calls my monster.

A portrait of Joan Stockdale, my Canadian birth mother, played by BAFTA Breakthrough, BIFA nominated and Screen Star of Tomorrow actor Ellora Torchia (IN THE EARTH, ALI & AVA, MIDSOMMAR). Built around a stream of consciousness one take performance, the film is a three dimensional reflection of her in me, an undoubtedly flawed mirror. What I do know is Ellora’s extraordinary connection with the character is wholly real; a living and breathing embodiment of my flesh and blood. Shot on location in Punnichy, Saskatchewan and Mile End, London.

Official selection Oscar qualifying HollyShorts 2022 Film Festival, Canada Screen Award qualifying Cinefest (Sudbury) Canada, BAFTA qualifying Norwich Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, Lonely Seal Film Festival, Director’s Notes.

“Their stories would not seem out of place in an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale: pregnant women shuttered away, violently restrained during childbirth, banned from looking at their babies — and, finally, coerced by social workers into signing adoption papers.” The Washington Post