Preview: The Wishing Horse

Preview of short film ‘The Wishing Horse’

The Oxford Culture Review

“I want to ask you a dying wish: I want you to love your mother,” writes the absent father of Alexander Darby’s new short film, The Wishing Horse. Focused upon the therapeutic possibilities of myth in the face of loss and family tensions, The Wishing Horse follows a young girl, Lily, unable to cope with her father’s failing health and the impact of this upon her relationship with her mother. Finding inspiration in G. K. Chesterton’s Ballad of the White Horse, a piece of Wessex legend is brought into the present in the appearance of a white horse that acts as a comforter to the young girl, a folk story that her father used to tell her come to life.

ⓒ ABG Productions ⓒ ABG Productions

Alex, a Royal Court writer and runner-up for the BAFTA/Skillset young people’s award for best screenplay, as well as working as an UNESCO photographer, describes…

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