Tlisted below are some heartfelt performances and vignettes on this debut characteristic from producer-turned-director Kirsty Bell and writers Elizabeth Morris and Dominic Wells – and definitely some lustrous monochrome photos from cinematographer Sergio Delgado. However this lockdown ensemble piece a few film manufacturing stymied by Covid is self-conscious and doesn’t actually come collectively, and the tonal shifts is usually a little uncomfortable.
Camilla Rutherford performs Rebecca, an actor who offers an amazing efficiency in a movie shoot that wraps simply earlier than the coronavirus restrictions land, however then succumbs to melancholy resulting from loneliness, unemployment and suspicion that this movie won’t ever see the sunshine of day. In the meantime kindly fellow actor David (Derek Jacobi) is on their own in his south of France villa and going through issues of his personal. Editor Lucy (Morgana Robinson) is anguished as a result of she will’t go to her sick mum; author Peter (Jeff Fahey) is pining for colleague Anna (Julie Dray) who has now left London for her Paris house and is going through an abusive ex-partner. And there are a lot of different little quick tales right here, some unhappy, some hopeful, all concerning the social splintering and imprisonment that everybody went by way of throughout lockdown.
This collective melancholy is a wholly legitimate topic for a drama: as somebody right here says: “If we’re alone, actually alone, are we actually alive in any respect?” However there’s something a little bit bit laboured and unconvincing about A Hen Flew in – though Rutherford is at all times robust because the actor heading for Norma Desmond territory, ingesting closely and livestreaming her accelerating anguish on social media.