The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.
A magical realism drama based on an old Orkney folk ballad about selkies (seals who can turn into people).
The tumultuous relationship between a stifled son and his mother, who isn’t ready to let him go.
An ordinary story steeped in ancient mythology, retelling themes most people can relate to, with a backdrop most have never heard of.
INTRODUCTION FROM THE DIRECTOR
Hi there! I'm Becca, a final year student at Staffordshire University, working on my graduate film - a project that is very close to my heart. I am a huge fan of mysticism, mythology, and folklore, I couldn’t see a better time than my graduate film to finally test the cut of my sails and see if I could build a story with a mythic layer intertwined with the everyday world we live in. As an Orcadian myself, I knew I wanted to bring to life some of the beautiful ancient mystery that surrounds and envelops the Northern Isles. I dabbled with many stories, from many cultures, but always circled back to Orkney and the stories of the fin folk and the selkies.
Orkney is the beautiful land where the original story was set – or more specifically a small islet 37 miles west off the coast of the mainland. A truly unique place, it’s highest point is only 1,000 feet above sea level, and there are no trees, the landscape worn down by the harsh northern winds over time. The cost of travel to and from Orkney with all of the cast, crew and kit blew the option of shooting there out of the water. Luckily for us, Pembrokeshire in Wales is just as beautiful and much more accessible. The only place, possibly, in the world that could pass for Orkney on camera. A place shrouded in as much myth and legend as Orkney, so I couldn’t imagine a better place to tell my story – other than Orkney itself!
Instead of following the woman, as in the original story, The Cure for Anything will focus on her son, Finn, a boy of two worlds – the land and the sea. Finn has never found anywhere he could fit in, has never felt completely settled in his own skin, and is desperate to leave home to find out where he might belong. On the basis of an undisclosed illness that causes fits and disassociation, his mother claims he is too ill to live alone - although truly, this is due to the effects of being the son of a selkie, and being kept from the sea, his selkie form fighting to break through.
When I read ‘The Grey Selkie of Suleskerry’ I knew I could adapt the original plot to better resonate with a modern audience. Who hasn’t felt stifled by circumstances they know they’ve outgrown? Who wouldn’t relate to a character trying to escape to something better?
Here’s a short breakdown of what the estimated costs are for this film:
Travel - £100
Locations - £100
Catering - £70
Props - £50 (special faux seal fur)
Set Design - £30
We have a fantastic crew working on this project, and I’m incredibly excited to introduce them to you!
Director and writer - Becca Hirst
Assistant Director - Malaika Goldsmith
Director of Photography - Niall Conroy
Camera Operator - Tom Hardwick
Sound Operator - Jake Fields
Behind the Scenes - Jennie Millar
Check out some of our past work!
Blurred - Becca Hirst
Everything is Normal - Malaika Goldsmith
Broadband - Niall Conroy
I am so excited for this project and I would love for you to be a part of it! If you could donate even a little bit, it would mean so much. All donators will get a special thanks in the credits of the film, so immortalise yourself while you have the chance!!