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Amelia and the Angel (1959)

 |  Short  |  6 June 1959 (Australia)
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A young girl (Amelia) is distressed and feeling guilty about losing the wings she was to wear in her school play. Then she notices an angel and follows the angel into a dark building. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mercedes Quadros ...
Míka van Bloemen ...
Mike Sniver
Helen Ulman ...
The Artist's Model
E. Collins ...
The Stallholder
Elisha Manasseh ...
The Artist
Helen May ...
The Dancing Teacher
Nicolas O'Brien ...
The Brother
Evangaline Averre
W. Jones
Chlöe Forbes
Den Robinson
The Pupils of St. Anne's School Vauxhall
Rock Averse ...
The Wonder Dog


A young girl (Amelia) is distressed and feeling guilty about losing the wings she was to wear in her school play. Then she notices an angel and follows the angel into a dark building. Upstairs in the attic, bathed in heavenly light, is an artist's model - the ANGEL. The painter ascends a ladder until he is out of shot - supposedly to heaven-and reappears to restore Amelia's joy with a pair of wings. Written by ARCHIE MOORE <>

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Atmospheric early short film from Ken Russell
26 October 2014 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Amelia and the Angel is a charming short feature from future infant terrible director Ken Russell. It's a very low budget film with no synchronised sound. Instead, the soundtrack is made up of library music, occasional real sounds and some basic narration. Lack of sound sync is always a bit of a problem in any film but in some ways it adds a layer of dream-like detachment that adds something to the film's atmosphere. Russell also manages to conjure up some interesting imagery throughout the piece.

The story focuses on a little girl called Amelia who, against her teacher's instruction, takes home the angel wings given to her for her school play. They end up hopelessly damaged and she is forced to wander through London looking for a replacement set. By the end she has gained redemption for her act. It's a simple set-up but one that remains interesting throughout. There isn't very much in it that indicates Russell's future direction as a film-maker but it's a nicely ambient little tale all the same.

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