The Red Rose
A Christian Online Film Festival Award Winner


Title: The Red Rose


Sub-title: A Musical Fantasy For The Child In All Of Us


Creator: Ian Woodward


Genre: Short Film


Length: 27:12


Description: THE RED ROSE is a musical fantasy about a modern-day Alice in Wonderland. But whereas Alice experiences the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter, the Girl encounters toy soldiers, marching bluebells, a dancing swan...and a Young Man who becomes her Prince Charming. With music by Tchaikovsky and a cast of aspiring young dancers choreographed by Jacqueline Harman, THE RED ROSE features brilliant rising stars Jessie Talulah and Nicholas Anscombe in a magical tale of youthful whimsy and innocence.


Historical fact: The wedding scene was filmed in the church in Kings Langley, in the English county of Hertfordshire, just outside London, where King Richard II was buried in 1399 before King Henry V had his body transferred to Westminster Abbey in London. “Richard II” and “Henry V” are the subjects of two of Shakespeare’s best loved historical plays. Another interesting historical fact is that the 1st Duke of York (1341-1402) is buried in the same Kings Langley church – and that today’s Duke of York is the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew.


Filmmaker statement: “With THE RED ROSE I set out to make for the first time, and probably the last time, a film that breathes Disney-esque naivety and produce a film of fun and fantasy for ‘the child in all of us’ that does not pretend to be anything other than innocent and child-like. Hence the film’s sub-title: A Musical Fantasy For The Child In All Of Us”.


CFF Awards: 'Best Short Film', 'Best Actor Fan Favorite' for Nicholas Anscombe the Prince, 'Best Actress Fan Favorite' for Jessie Talulah the Princess, 'Best Music / Score', 'Best Costumes / Props' for Zenka Woodward, 'Best Hair / Make-up' for Sophie Green, 'Best Choreography' for Jacqueline Harman, and 'Best Troupe' for the Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet, The Snowflakes Choir, and all the children who sang, danced, and acted for this fantasy film - they were awesome!


COLFF Awards: Best Short Film (Ian Woodward), Best Director (Ian Woodward), Best Actor (Nicholas Anscombe - The Prince), Best Actress (Jessie Talulah - The Princess), Best Music & Score (Ian Woodward), Best Costumes & Props (Zenka Woodward), Best Hair & Make-up (Sophie Green), Best Choreography (Jacqueline Harman), and Best Troupe (The Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet, The Snowflakes Choir, and all the children who sang, danced, and acted for this fantasy film - they were awesome)!


Other Awards: Awards (selective): The Best Film of Festival in General Section: The Bronze Cineman Trophy (The Melbourne International Movie Festival, Australia), The Union Internationale du Cinema Gold Medal (the Moravian Arts Film Festival, Kroměříž, Czech Republic), 5-Star Award & AKM Music Sponsor’s Prize (BIAFF, England), Diploma of Merit (The Golden Diana International Film Festival, Klopeiner See, Austria), The Percy Childs Prize for Creative Innovation to Film (The Moravian SeniorForum Film Festival, Kroměříž, Czech Republic), Special Diploma (The Tallinn International Festival of Film Makers, Estonia).  



Ian Woodward (Director, Writer, Producer)

Jessie Talulah (Key Cast - The Princess)

Nicholas Anscombe (Key Cast - The Prince)

Jacqueline Harman (Choreography)

Zenka Woodward (Costumes / Props)

Sophie Green (Hair / Make-up)

Jacqueline Harman School of Ballet

The Snowflakes Choir


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