A short film after Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol but inspired by the earlier traditions of the Yuletide.
A Christmas Carol began with Dickens' idea of issuing a pamphlet in response to horrific accounts of child labour in mines and factories. From the orphan begging for more in Oliver Twist to the heartless Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens highlighted poverty and squalor, condemning their corrupt causes.
In Dickens journalism and novels he attacked specific targets - Poor Law legislation in Oliver Twist, the brutal Yorkshire schools in Nicholas Nickleby, the law [Pickwick Papers and Bleak House], government bureaucracy, lethargy and nepotism in Little Dorrit, extremist utilitarianism in Hard Times.
The Christmas Carol is perhaps the most dramatic and poignant of these tales "A tale to make the reader laugh and cry -- to open his hands, and open his heart to charity...'' it influenced a huge cultural shift towards a more compassionate society, for a time, and resurrected a form of seasonal merriment that had been suppressed by the Puritan quelling of Yuletide pageantry in 17th-century England.
My brief Occupy scene at start highlights the challenge to currrent economic and social injustice, as well as to introduce the other themes of my version of this tale, that our Christmas traditions themselves derive from earlier pagan and community minded festivals, thus the Occupy scene is an opportunity to reconsider what the celebration may mean now..
For any interested in the causes of Occupy and the threat that is destroying world environments and ccommunities alike, I recommend Naomi Klein's expose 'The Shock Doctrine; The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism' and more recently 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate'.
I replaced Dickens' Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future with a mischievous Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws who finally gets his Christmas mission right and instead of the more usual three visits through time in the life of Ebeneezer Scrooge, my character 'Scourge' is given 3 visions instead, to the Three Realms of Celtic mythology.
People don't always remember that Dickens was a great influence in ameliorating cruel Victorian attitudes towards poverty and inspired much social welfare reform. His appeal to the moral, ethical and spiritual in his Christmas Carol and other tales contributed to the Christmas time holidays and the humanitarian values they also carried.
With a hope that this film may remind us to think of more than just our own family gatherings and gifts, that it may be a magical time to think with our hearts and consider the wider picture. To focus on the whole rather than any portion, to live more meaningful lives, that we may honor the Three Realms and each-other throughout our daily lives. Merry Christmas Everybody ~
More about this film including the Poem/Lyrics at my Blog The Dance Of Life here
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More about the causes of Occupy; Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine here
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As The Victorian Policeman and Occupy Protestors/Also the Ancestors;
Benno Sands, Liz Sands, Anabelle Kuhn, Nadine Adderstein, Tabbot Resident, Katherina Auer, Liz Sands, Alwin Schlag,
Voices of Protestors; Celestial Elf and Wendy Elf.
As Scourge, Mr Crachet, Sandy Claws, and the Drummer Boy; Celestial Elf,
As Mrs Crachet and the Girl, Natascha Randt.
As Air, Earth, Fire and Water; Celestial Elf, Benno Sands, Liz Sands, Anabelle Kuhn.
Soundtrack created with
A Yuletide Carol Original poem and sung by Celestial Elf.
Walking in The Air co Roger.
And samples from;
Royalty Free Music via Kevin MacLeod of incompetech.com;
Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"
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Attack Of The Mole Men, Alchemists Tower,
Pub Domain; The Holly and The Ivy
Creative Commons license: Attribution
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Also Freesound ( http://www.freesound.org/ )
Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1 License
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Sound effects authors; dangerbabe, Jace, creek23, HerbertBoland, acclivity, farbin, genel, kantouth, Robinhood76, Frank Ostrander, eraylik.
Grateful thanks for permission to film at;
Old Europe co Up4 Dawes,
Steelhead Harbourside, Cherry Tree Lane, Roasted Gull Road and Shanghai co TotalLunar Eclipse,
Ruins Fall co Sliver Gray,
Gaia Rising, co Enchantress Sao.
Filmed on Phoenix 126.96.36.1998,
Windows XP using Fraps and Serif MoviePlus X3.
Conceived, Directed and Produced c.Celestial Elf 2011.