Having tried so hard to be close to the one she loves, Julia has become him. To return to herself she has to take him off, literally. The people we love influence and change us. It cannot be helped, and often it is a wonderful thing taking on someone else’s mind. But it can become suffocating and stifling in equal measure. Taken from ‘To the Lighthouse’ by Virginia Woolf, the title speaks to the feeling of dilution by a lover, and the need to find a way back to yourself.
originally commissioned by the London Short Film Festival and The Milan Festival of Letters, the idea was to make a film inspired by letters around the theme: Letters to an Ex. The only criteria was that the film had to contain a voiceover of the letter, the rest was up to the filmmaker. My letter was written by Giulia Micheli. Her honesty made me think about the difficulty of maintaining a ballance between 'We' and 'I' in love...
The film has screened at various film festivals, including the BFI Future Film Festival in 2016 where I had the honour of winning Best Director.
If you'd like to read more about the film and the process of making it, please have a look here - directorsnotes.com/2016/06/15/anna-maguire-she-would-move-the-tree/