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A Long Play's Journey Into Blight
A Film by Sarah Gidley and JP Stracco
USA, 2007

 

The inspiration for this film came from attending a local production of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” about a year ago. We found the play repetitive, depressing without a redemptive element and lacking dramatic structure. Ultimately something about the play really just rubbed us the wrong way, and we ended up making this parody. It was a really personal project; an activity that we did just for the sake of doing.

The short movie was shot in a night without any script (made up as we went along), the lighting is terrible, the sound is bad, and the Irish accents are horrendous (when we actually remembered to do them). To be perfectly honest we were stunned that anyone would be interested in it (especially a tribute site), but also happy that it was appreciated. We have gotten a variety of responses in reaction to the film that range from “great acting I loved it and I haven’t even seen the play and now I want to” to “it was like a bad horror movie and I never want to watch it again.”

Sarah and I both have some background in acting. I have been shooting short films and documentaries for the past six years. Some of the films have been on the internet on various “independent film” type sites. I also compose all my own music on an old keyboard, then upload it into the computer.

Jon-Paul Stracco


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