Sparrow is the lyrical story of a small boy who believes he can fly. However, his life is overshadowed by the legend of his grandfather who died a hero in World War Two. One night he discovers the tale that his father so adamantly clings to, is a lie. His grandfather was a gay man, who seeing the futility of war, deserted in protest when his lover was shot in the dugouts of Egypt. In unravelling the truth behind what happened, the boy discovers the strength to stand up to the bullies in his world, in an unexpected way.
The film has the uncommon capability to set the story in a world that images can transform, images filtered through the protagonist’s eyes. Sparrow tells a story of diversity and discomfort, taking refuge in a thaumaturgic and savig fantasy. This short film is visionary and translates very well the universe of childhood by relying on images’ poetic strenght. These images are realised by a flawless editing and photography’s sensitive storytelling.
Director: Welby Ings
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 15′