Sleeping Draught

1936, Derby (Derbyshire)

A young woman's surreal dreams of love and loss.

Amateur filmmaker, cinema historian and railway engineer H.A.V. Bulleid utilizes colour tinting and complex montage to create a surreal portrait of a young woman's dreamscape. Taking a sleeping pill before bed, Kathleen's worst fears come to life as the medication begins to affect her dreams. Surreal nightmares of love lost amidst the bleak countryside and love's unwanted return on the city streets, twist the boundaries between her unconscious state and waking life.

Keywords

Dreams; Love

Intertitles

The tablets. One at bedtime. "That tree looks lonely and cold..." "Two's company..." "Bob simply left me cold..." "The rebound's O.K. for me!" "As like as not they've fallen out already..." "Probably he's left her, in a huff..." "Perhaps he's hopped onto a 'bus, to elude her snaky grasp..." "He might be on that very 'bus..." "My dear, such a dream..." "...may well have the utmost significance..." "...keep it too utterly secret..." "I haven't smoked this pipe for ages." "I haven't worn this scarf since..." "Since..." "Since..." "Since..." "Come on, Bob... it's cold..." "Doesn't that... tree... look... lonely-" "What's up, Kathleen?" "Oh, Bob, that... that... woman..." "That woman..." "That woman..."

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