Short Film ‘ADELLE’

October 18, 2019

Sydney-based director Grace Tan (known for her distinctive visual aesthetic and her latest short film premiere at this year’s IGTV film festival at Sydney Film Festival) and French-Australian actress Mathilde Anglade (known for her key roles in feature films Kickons, Life on Earth: Severance and more recently Street of Colours) tackle little-known mental illness ‘DID’ in a short film.
adelle

Short Film ‘ADELLE’

Sydney-based director Grace Tan (known for her distinctive visual aesthetic and her latest short film premiere at this year’s IGTV film festival at Sydney Film Festival) and French-Australian actress Mathilde Anglade (known for her key roles in feature films Kickons, Life on Earth: Severance and more recently Street of Colours) tackle little-known mental illness ‘DID’ in a short film.

This short film explores the inner workings of a woman’s mind. With Dissociative Identity Disorder, Adelle doesn’t function just as Adelle, but also as Bev, Bobo and Giselle. She functions as a ‘system’, with an identity fragmented into several ‘alters’. Over the course of the film we come to understand the small details that make her who she is.

Benjamin Powell heightens the experience with the use of a Snorricam to bring the audience into Adelle’s world, with her other alters coming to life. Mathilde Anglade, plays Adelle and her four ‘alters’, bringing very different personalities to life, from a cheeky childlike Giselle roller-skating her way through the town, to a deep heart-breathing bohemian dancer called Bobo, and a rough and hands-on Bev.

Adelle is a stand alone film that will work as a proof of concept for the director-actor duo, showcasing the director’s vision and the talent of the team behind it. The team received extremely positive feedback when screening the film at an industry event in October, and is in script development for the feature version.

The project comes at an interesting time for Mathilde who, after receiving rave reviews for her comedic role in The Bed Party (The Old 505 Theatre) earlier this year, she is about to head stateside for a new and yet to be announced comedy TV series written by US-based Australian writer Olivia Simone. Mathilde is hoping this experience will help her increase the visibility of her Australian passion projects, and further raise awareness of mental health issues.