by Jane Alexandra Foster
Gracie thought her life was over, but destiny had other plans…
2am. Despairing Gracie, (29) climbs the railings of Waterloo bridge, intending to jump, and kill herself, but desperate though she is, she just can’t do it. So she stares out over the river, in the depths of misery, not wanting to live, and wonders what next? Meanwhile, a Man arrives on the other side of the road, and unobserved, quietly shadows her, who also does nothing when Ellie, (17), runs headlong onto the bridge and up to Gracie, screaming for help, in fear for her life from a another Man who’s chasing her. Shocked out of her misery, Gracie grabs Ellie, and they run into the back streets, where Gracie now thinks they’re safe. However, those after Ellie don’t give up, but then neither does the other Man, who also covertly shadows them.
Sometimes, saving the life of another might just be the only way to save your own’
‘Gracie’ is a magi-real tale, set over one black, frightening, but oddly whimsical night, which will challenge the Girls to their very limits to survive until morning. Set against the dramatic, night skylines of Waterloo Bridge, and in an old cargo boat by Battersea Power Station, ‘Gracie’ sets a grainy, retro-esque tone. However, the narrated, dreamlike flashbacks that tell Gracie’s story give the film a vivid heartbeat, and a voice all its own.
Gracie was written and directed by Jane for a micro budget, as her feature debut, in fact her debut film too! Due to the difficult sound conditions, it has a full post production created audio, a great achievement considering budget and massive thanks to everyone involved. It also has a wonderful, evocative score by Tandis Jenhudson and was shot on super 16mm, using mainly available light and has an atmospheric, grainy, buttery, retro-film feel. Gracie was made with the help of an amazing crew, who all reached for the stars but, here on earth, stayed the course! Gracie’s cast includes: Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley, Harry Potter), Darren Darnborough (True Blood), Angela Peters (Tangled up in Blue), Aurelie Amblard and Lexi Strauss. A whimsical suspense tale, ‘Gracie’ is about, how even in our modern, sometimes brutal world, faith, forgiveness and love still triumph over fear and violence, sometimes in ways not easy to define.
Gracie’s lyrical score is by Tandis Jenhudson (‘The March’, ‘ Civilisations’ (BBC) Tandis was also a ‘BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2014’.