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Monday, 8 February 2010

Nicky Phelan "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" (2008)







Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty is the third of the Oscar nominated shorts for this year's award, a reworking of one of Grimm's fairy tales. Nicky Phelan's 2008 film's has the grim granny terrifying her grandchild with a fairy story in which the old lady's identification with the action dominates the tale. Kathleen O'Rourke wrote the script and offers a demented voice for O'Grimm who wakes the child up to tell the story of the ugly old fairy not invited to the christening. The production team hail primarily from Ireland's Ballyfermot College in Dublin and I should love to see the Irish triumph at the Oscars. I also am a fan of Kathleen's stand-up work as a comedian. But I can't see this as the winner. The movie is based on Kathleen's stage character, a blistering performance that is as conducive to sleep as slaughtering Duncan in his castle. It is divided into two concurrent parts, 3D work for the bedroom with little girl cowering under the sheets, close-up face of bedtime story reader. Then the hand drawn, pink world of the fairy story, a style I fail to warm to, I'm afraid, being rather flat by comparison. This is not to say the movie is not good, it is just not Oscar good. A full version is also available from the studio website.

4 comments:

sandy c said...

I'm rooting for this one for the academy award!

...although it did make me too afraid of sleep after watching it

Ian Lumsden said...

I have received some severe stick from an Irish friend for not supporting it so your advocacy helps redress the balance.

Anonymous said...

Dreadful film. Shame on the Oscars for this year's selection.

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