FEATURE FILM (In development)
The centenary anniversary of Katherine Mansfield’s death is approaching (9 Jan 2023). This film is a fact-based fictional account of Mansfield’s final days spent with the Armenian-Greek mystic Gurdjieff, and his commune of refugees, bohemians and animals in the forest of Fontainebleau, France.
Screenplay by Gaylene Barnes
”Life is, all at one and the same time, far more mysterious, and far simpler than we know."
A desperate hope for miraculous healing drives a consumptive writer to join a mystic cult in the forests of France (1922). But instead, she seizes the authentic life offered and learns to accept her unavoidable death.
Period (1922), Biography, Romance
intellectual, atmospheric, art house, psychological, serious, uplifting, sincere, emotional, colourful, heartbreaking, lyrical, sentimental, melancholic, contemplative, thought provoking
No-one I know, receives more from life, than she who tastes death.
ACT ONE: MINUS-DOMINUS EXT. PARIS STREETS, SORBONNE - EARLY EVENING A crowded 1920's Paris street. Horses, carriages, motorcars, too many people. Autumn. Grey. KEY: Paris, 1922