Rediscovering those lost gems: “Gillery’s Little Secret”

© Liquid Filmworks, 2005.

© Liquid Filmworks, 2005.

Following a discussion the other day when I was talking with a friend about shows with lesbian characters and interesting stories, I remembered a short film that I bought several years ago called Gillery’s Little Secret. I’m not positive about how I came to hear about the film, except that it was likely due to interest in Annabeth Gish, who stars in it.

The 2005 film is about 25 minutes long and is a snapshot in the lives of a few characters, whose lives are changed when Gillery Poiencot (Gish) returns to the town she fled eighteen years earlier to attend her high school reunion. Once there, a young woman, Blake (Jeanette Brox) finds her, looking for answers about her past and Gillery’s connection with her mother. The journey brings forth some long lost forgotten memories and secrets.

Based on a story by Ali Vali, the script was written by T.M. Scorzafava. The film also stars Allison Smith, Julie Ann Emery and Jeanette Brox. On the DVD there are also cast vignettes and commentary with the director and executive producer, T.M. Scorzafava.

You could only buy a copy of the DVD from the production company (Liquid Filmworks) website [which I did] as it was not released to online commercial retailers, but alas the site no longer works. There had been plans and a script was written to make a regular full-length feature film, but alas, that seems to have gone to the wayside. Since I’d been talking about Gillery’s Little Secret with a friend, it got me thinking about it, so I took out the DVD, popped it into my computer and re-watched it and remembered what I liked about the film. While the film was short, it told a lovely story about lost loves and the potential for the future. I would have loved to have seen what could have been done, had it been made into a full-length feature, but for now, that future of what could be lies in the imagination.

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About jlynnstapleton

I'm a Licensed Practical Nurse, photographer and writer. My focus in photography has been primarily landscapes, particularly water based images, both in colour and black and white. I love to travel when I can and sometimes find some unique treasures to photograph. I also enjoy writing these blogs and doing interviews when I can. I'm the oldest of three siblings. I grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland [Canada]. I came out as a lesbian when I was twenty-one, and fortunately I've had a supportive family, and friends.
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