Fantasy - Completed 2016

Despondent writer is plagued by Hagge, his physical manifestation of anxiety, is nudged from his melancholy by a spunky, but wise co-worker.

& Awards

INDIE fest 2017
Award of Excellence
Best Shorts 2017
Award of Excellence
Forest City FIlm Festival 2017
Best Short
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Fantasy, Black comedy
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 21 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Penny EIZENGA
    • Writer(s)
    • Gordon PINSENT
    • Producer(s)
    • Penny EIZENGA (Dog-eared Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • MARTIN MOYLE is depressed. Stuck in a dreary job, in a dreary apartment, no friends. Isolated by choice, with the exception of the HAGGE, a sinister, but wry embodiment of melancholia in his life. Her presence both irritates and soothes him as he sleepwalks his way through life.

      We begin with Martin, sitting on his fire escape, content with his own morose company, contemplating the sorry state of his life. Hagge gleefully harasses Martin, poking fun at his inability to express his pain, even taking to sitting on him in order to keep him crippled.

      Martin’s interior world is interrupted by a colleague, street wise, and out spoken NORAH WAITE, invading his precious workspace. Her honest, vulnerable approach, challenge him to examine his isolated, white bread approach to existence.

      Hagge fights valiantly to maintain her death grip, badgering and belittling as Martin inches his way back to himself, toward forgiveness and freedom. She reminds Martin of his past love, MINA, whom he is unable to release from his psyche.

      In the end, Martin and Norah win out. As they stroll down the busy street, contentedly chatting, they are enveloped into the surrounding crowds; a visual metaphor for joining and participating in the human race.

      Just as Martin’s journey shifts into living outward, Hagge’s physical appearance declines, her layers of clothing literally fall from her weakened frame, until she is but a shadow of her former self. Until the bitter end, she stumbles, desperately clamouring for another victim to inhabit to sustain her life. At the last moment, she finds her latest victim