Director: ANDREA ARNOLD
23 year-old ZoŽ ought to be wild and free but sheís already got four kids. WASP takes place on a day when ZoŽ is broke and her kids are hungry. When Dave, an old flame, swings by with the offer of brief release she lies about being a mum and leaves her kids outside the pub. Nearby, late summer wasps are hunting for food around an old rubbish bin.
Wasp was Andrea Arnoldís third short, which won over 30 international festival awards and the Oscar for Best Short Film in 2005. Her first feature film, Red Road, premiered in competition at Cannes winning the Jury Prize in 2006.
ĎI write usually because I have an image in my head that I canít shake off and that is how Wasp started. That particular image forms the climax of the film. Everything else is a mix of my childhood and imagination.
The main aim for the film was to try and show the central character ZoŽ in all her complexity. I know the way she treats her kids is not good, verging on abuse really but I wanted to show why she might do that and for the audience to have empathy for her as well as the kids. I wanted to show how a personís circumstances and environment influences the way they essentially are. I wanted people to understand her behavior instead of just condemning it. This was my main goal for the filmí.
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Courtesy of Andrea Arnold, KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg and Channel 4/UKFC