Ignorance Is Bliss.
When faced with evidence that her husband may have committed
a terrible crime, a woman is forced to make a choice. Will she
risk the stability of her suburban life to find the truth, or
is ignorance truly bliss?
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Run time 5mins 30secs - 16mm black and white - 1.33:1
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A leafy, affluent suburban neighborhood. A respectable middle-aged
woman tends her flowerbeds while her husband works in his shed.
Realizing she is late for an appointment, she ignores a child's
baseball cap she finds in their trash can, and leaves the house.
However, returning unexpectedly early, she finds her husband absent
and a flyer reporting a missing local girl in their letterbox.
Her suspicions aroused, she approaches the shed
to investigate. But faced with the choice between knowing the
truth and maintaining her comfortable status quo, she discovers
that facing her fears is harder than she expected.
About the Director:
Born in Tehran, Bobby Webster left Iran with his family
shortly after the revolution to settle in England, where he has
lived for most of his life. A world champion debater and former
actor - with screen credits alongside Sir John Gielgud, Miranda
Richardson and Emily Mortimer - Bobby most recently spent several
years working for one the UK's leading political think-tanks.
He moved to New York in 2004 to pursue his dream of directing
films. He now lives in Brooklyn, where he is working on several
fiction and documentary film projects.
About the Cast:
Joan Barber has extensive stage credits on Broadway and
in regional theatres throughout the United States. Her voice can
be heard on the classic Disney films Beauty and the Beast,
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and Pocahontas, as
well as the indie classic Trick. She has recently completed
shooting on the feature film Harper is Missing.
Norm Golden's recent principal roles on film include Madness
and Genius, Stolen Moments, and the soon to be released
Pickpocket and Urchin. TV appearances include Law
and Order - Criminal Intent.
About the Film:
Bluebeard's Wife really arose from the confluence of two
separate ideas I'd been developing in 2004. The first was a fascination
with the wives of several recent affluent, middle-class killers
in the UK and the US, who maintained through their husband's trials
- and beyond - that they never had any suspicions of the gruesome
crimes taking place under their noses. I really wanted to explore
the decisions that these women must have made to remain in a state
of comfortable ignorance: denial is a very powerful force in all
our lives, and seeing it expressed in such extreme cases speaks,
I think, to our own everyday self-deceptions. At the same time,
I was working on ideas based on the European folk tale of Bluebeard.
A sort of a spin on the Pandora myth, it follows a newly married
wife who gives in to temptation and opens the one forbidden door
in her wealthy new husband's castle - a story centered on the
competing instinct of curiosity. Bringing the two together, I
wanted to find a single moment which sums up the tension between
these two very human impulses.
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Woman: Joan Barber
Man: Norm Golden
Girl in photo: Isabel Irene Bass
Director of Photography: Tom Toro
1st Assistant Camera: Sophia Pande
Sound Recordist: Christina Voros
Script Supervisor: Elizabeth Orne
Assistant Director: Grace Yu
Editor: Bobby Webster
Assistant Editor: Louise Capel-Cure
Written, Directed, and Produced by: Bobby Webster
© Bobby Webster 2005 - All Rights Reserved