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Bella in the Wych Elm (2017)

In 1943 a group of boys wondering the woodland of Hagley Hall discovered the remains of an unknown woman stuffed inside a hollowed-out Wych Elm tree. To this day her identity is still ... See full summary »

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Thomas Lee Rutter

Writers:

W. Byford Jones (excerpts from his writings), Thomas Lee Rutter
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Credited cast:
Barry Anscomb-Moon Barry Anscomb-Moon ... Sgt. Skerratt
Matias Barnes Matias Barnes ... Boy #1
Peter Grail Peter Grail ... A. H. Hodgetts
Jim Heal Jim Heal ... Professor Webster
'Tatty' Dave Jones 'Tatty' Dave Jones ... Narrator
Lee Mark Jones ... The Dutchman
Evan Mancrief Evan Mancrief ... Boy #2
Sarah L. Page Sarah L. Page ... The female spy / The spirit
Ria Parfitt Ria Parfitt ... Voice of the Spirit / Voice of the Enchantress / Voice of Una Mossop
Martin Pugh Martin Pugh ... Boy #3
Richard Quarterman Richard Quarterman ... Charles Walton
James Taylor James Taylor ... W. Byford 'Quaestor' Jones
Traci Templer Traci Templer ... Una Mossop
Isaac Trevallion Isaac Trevallion ... Boy #4
James Underwood James Underwood ... Jack Mossop
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In 1943 a group of boys wondering the woodland of Hagley Hall discovered the remains of an unknown woman stuffed inside a hollowed-out Wych Elm tree. To this day her identity is still unknown. In 1944 however, mysterious graffiti began to adorn the walls of the Midlands: Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm. Somebody knew but who? This curious phantasmagoria investigates the known possibilities which takes us from the mystical realms of witchcraft to sinister WW2 espionage. Will her soul ever be set free? Written by Anonymous

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A midlands phantasmagoria


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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2017 (UK) See more »

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Carnie Film Production See more »
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Two versions of the film exist: the original version and a special silent movie edition with intertitles. See more »

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Häxan in the Midlands
9 December 2017 | by faustifilmsSee all my reviews

Tom Lee Rutter's Bella in The Wych Elm is a film that combines the dreamlike visuals of the 1922 silent film Häxan, with the facts, as known, of a still unsolved murder mystery that occurred just outside of Birmingham during World War II. Without giving too much away, the body of a woman was found stuffed inside a tree in the early 1940s by a group of young boys. The film then goes on to trace the chain of events from the subsequent investigation to the sporadic emergence of nuggets of information over the years. However, the real power of Bella in the Wych Elm lies not in the telling of the tale but in the film's hypnotic and unsettling black and white imagery. Haunting occult visuals collide with panoramas of a harsh English countryside that recalls the folk Horror tales of films such as Blood On Satan's Claw and Witchfinder General. In common with the visuals, the soundtrack equally, both engages and unsettles the viewer. Check out this vignette of Midlands art horror.


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