Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday Night Magical Movie: The Fairy Faith, Documentary


The 2001 John Walker documentary The Fairy Faith was the very first movie I played in my studio once it had it's fresh coat of paint and I moved all my art stuff in several years ago.  The full title is "The Fairy Faith - A breathtaking odyssey about fairies and those who belive in them" quite a mouthful, but a very in depth topic as well. 

Since we just passed Midsummer and all that fairy energy is wafting and swirling about, the film came into my mind for Magical Movie Monday.  Do you suppose that fairies are a fanciful race of made up beings with pixie dust who are all goodness and light that grant wishes?  Take in this film for the real scoop on the Fae!
Shaman Peter Aziz on a fairy spotting expedition
He says there is one behind the tree in the waterfall, but you can't see it with your normal eyes, you have to tune in and sense them.
John Walker recounts his early belief in fairies and stories his grandmother told him as he embarks on a journey to revisit those tales as an adult.  He travels the hills and dales of Scotland, Ireland, Nova Scotia, and even ventures into accounts of fairy activity in North America. 

The delightful harpist Elizabeth Jane Baldry tells stories of seeing fairies as a child and finding inspiration with them.

Elizabeth Jane Baldry tells of fairy houses her father built and recounts the tale of how Thomas the Rhymer met the Queen of Elfland, "Come harp and carp with me, Thomas!" she called to him, and he went for seven years and brought back magical tunes from the magical realms under hill.

We also get to peer into iconic fairy artist Brian Frouds studio, catching glimpses of the fairies brought to life from his lythe and inspired fingertips as he discusses his deep relationship with the realm of Fae.
Brian Froud at work in his studio

A pool where fairies were sighted

Folklorist Dolina Wallace tells a story of how a young man who has a very unfortunate run in with fairies, foolishly disrespecting them.
Many people share personal stories, and there is even an issue that is taken up with a construction site that plans to destroy a hawthorn tree that is reputed to be enhabited by fairies.  Many people will avoid destroying such a tree even in these modern times for fear of supernatural retribution.
Fairy tree in danger of destruction
I suppose some people might find this documentary a flight of fancy, full of dreamers, but I being one of those dreamers found it refreshing, and inspiring.  The director has created a personal journey that is visually magical and beautiful, he makes you look into the shots of the woods, trees, boulders and springs just sure that if you look just right, you will see the living spirits of nature looking back at you.  The scenery is lovely, and accopanied by lilting music that lifts your spirit.   The people he interviews are wide and varying ranging from school children, artists, musicians, folklorists and even a professor and a police chief, all of which believe in the realm of the fae and in their occasional interaction with we mere mortals.  After all, if we had proof of their existance we wouldn't have to call it faith.

3 comments:

  1. Stopping by to let you know that you might want to stop by my blog today! =D

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  2. Ooooh, thanks Mrs. B! *jumping up and down* I won! tee-hee!

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  3. Great Post!
    I thought you might like my machinima animation
    The Faerie Trees;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3sUq4HI2Q0
    By Oak and Ash and Thorn,
    Bright Blessings ~

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