This award winning short film directed, written, edited and produced by Ruby Phelan won 'Best Experimental film' at The Rome Independent Prisma Awards as well as being nominated for 'Best Young director' at Belfast film festival, 'Best Female Director' at Cannes Indie Short Film Festival and 'Best Short Film' at The Rameshwaram Film Festival in India. Whilst on her covid friendly bedroom press tour Ruby was also interviewed on the 'Girls on Film Podcast', 'Radio Reverb' and had a featured section in 'The Brightonian Magazine'. Ruby also conducted a live online premiere so she could share interviews with the cast & crew, behind the scenes footage and of course the film itself with a wide international audience from across the globe. The film questions the male gaze within art and the female body as an objectified muse. When a lonely artist falls in love with a mermaid and becomes obsessed with capturing her image we see him spiral into a world of dreams, fantasy and longing. All the while his 'muse' forms her own opinion of the situation and things become very nasty indeed. This stunningly bold debut combines Ruby's live action storytelling with her hand drawn illustrations and delves into the origins of folklore seaside tales but with a fresh subversion.
THE REVENGE OF THE MUSES
Hand animated film created by Ruby Phelan about the misremembered legacy of Elizabeth Siddall. Originally written music by Ruby Phelan and sung and realised
by close collaborator Julia Levelle.
A GLASS OF WATER
A young man and woman are taken through an experiment with a glass of water infused with LSD. During their trip they explore gender roles and deconstruct their life aspirations. Starring Gabriel Phelan and Fenella Watkins-Hale.
Ruby is an experienced tutor having worked as a freelance workshop leader with National Youth Theatre and privately with students as a both a movement director and acting director. Ruby is part of the LAMDA directory of teachers and delivers one on one tutoring from her studio in Brighton or via zoom all depending on location. Ruby grew up taking her LAMDA exams and remembers the freedom and passion it gave her for acting and performing. She feels it is important to have a personal connection with each of her students and takes time to really invest in what will serve them as an individual performer. Ruby is currently taking on students for the new year so please get in contact if this would be of any interest to you or anybody you may know.