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 unseen, quietly shadows her. However, he 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, frighteningly surreal, strange night, which will challenge the Girls to their very limits, if they are 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 gothic, fable like tone. However, the narrated, dreamlike flashbacks that tell Gracie’s story give the film a vivid heartbeat all its own.
A fantasy/drama/thriller, ‘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’ was written, directed and produced by Jane for a micro budget, as her feature debut. It was shot on super16mm, using mainly available light for an atmospheric, grainy feel. Gracie was made with the help of talented first timers and experienced well wishers , and is for all those who reach for the stars but who, on earth stay the course! Gracie’s cast includes: Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley, Harry Potter), Darren Darnborough (True Blood), Angela Peters (Tangled up in Blue), Aurelie Amblard, Lexi Strauss and Gabriel Pac.
Gracie’s lyrical score is by Tandis Jenhudson (‘The March’, ‘Shadows of Liberty’, also a ‘BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2014’).