An Old Man of the Hills, and the Schoolmaster's Story is an early chapter from Richard Le Gallienne's novel The Quest of the Golden Girl.
CHAPTER PLOT: One sunny May morning in 1890, a charming man called Richard walks across the Surrey Hills. He is on a quest for 'The Golden Girl’. He meets an old man who tells him a fascinating tale of local romance: the love affair between the charismatic village schoolmaster and the Lord of the Manor’s graceful wife. Richard, a lonely man on a quest for love, is deeply inspirited by the beauty and significance of the story. Parting ways with the old man, Richard rambles down a luscious green path to the enchanting woodland clearing where the lovers used to meet, enthralled by the notion that, in a phrase:
“We never know at what moment we are treading sacred earth!"
A late-Victorian romance of medieval sentiment, it is a film of spring; a journey on foot, depicting the ancient English woodlands, articulating the echoes of the past and the companionship they give us through folklore, and, ultimately, celebrating passion, interaction and connection. With poetic narration throughout, scenes dissolve between present and past, day and night, colour and black & white. The story is told fluidly, as past and present intertwine, overlap and become one.
Old Man of the Hills - Dónal Cox
Dónal trained at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Recent appearances include Life’s Too Short (Gervais/Merchant) and The Double (dir Richard Ayoade).
Richard Le Gallienne - Gordon Taggart
Born near Manchester, Gordon trained at Guildhall. Television includes Doctors (BBC) and Heartbeat (ITV).
Sir William's Wife - Jessie Knowles
Jessie has a Masters in Theatre and Drama from the University of Kent. An actress, physical performer and theatre maker, she is part of theatre company Entita.
The Schoolmaster - Sam Cullen
Sam trained in Acting/Musical Theatre at Dartington Collage of Arts. Recent stage includes The Beaux Stratagem at The National Theatre.
Sir William's Keeper - Leo Flanagan
Leo is a young actor with experience in Theatre and TV. Recent screen appearances include Waterloo Road (BBC) and Fresh Meat (Channel 4).
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Stephen Hardman
CAMERA OPERATOR: Graham Trott
LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Chris Perry (Lights supplied by Direct Lighting)
SOUND RECORDIST: Liam Kelly
ART DIRECTOR: Emma Timms
PROP MAKER: Kitty Bertenshaw
MAKEUP ARTIST: Lexi Vale
COSTUME ASSISTANT: Anna Sances
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