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Whirlpool (2017)

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Helen Keller, an avid civil rights activist known for being deaf and blind, faces prejudice from the public, her family, and even herself.


Kate Baxter (co-director), Elizabeth Dixon (co-director)


Helen Keller (various writings), Elizabeth Dixon (co-writer) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Kate Baxter ... Helen Keller
Richard Dee-Roberts ... Mr. McKelway
Claudette Williams Claudette Williams ... Anne Sullivan
Patch Harvey ... Peter Fagan
Heather Rome Heather Rome ... Kate Keller
Lee William-Davis Lee William-Davis ... Warren
Christian Warwicker Christian Warwicker ... Press Assistant
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Helen Keller, an avid civil rights activist known for being deaf and blind, faces prejudice from the public, her family, and even herself.

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Color (16 mm version)

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1.33 : 1
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An unforgettable experience
16 January 2018 | by kyleighroessnerSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to have a private screening of this short film. With a running time of only 17 minutes, it manages to create an experience that is simply transformative.

Baxter as Helen Keller is mesmerizing. I have deaf family members, and I am familiar with the spoken quality of their voices. Baxter nails it, authentic and unpatronizing. She captures the full range of emotions, and restores humanity to a person that most people see as almost a mythical creature.

There is drama here, not the drama of a young girl trying to find her voice, but of a young woman struggling to find her identity. I was on the absolute edge of my seat at times.

I also found the soundtrack to be incredibly moving and unique.

My main criticism is that I need more. Sometimes you watch a feature film and feel that the whole message, tone and best parts of the film were contained in the 2 minute trailer. The opposite is true with Whirlpool. 17 minutes is hardly enough to scratch the surface. I am hopeful the filmmakers will create a feature length film for Helen to really share her story with us.

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