Dark Origins

A piece of other worldly knowledge and experience is passed on from father to daughter but no one believes the little girl, even into her adulthood. In order for her to escape the insane asylum, and this world, she has to take drastic measures.

A tape cassette player, in the middle of the table, emits two voices – an adult woman and a little girl named Ella Mayne. They are in the middle of hypnotherapy, as the woman gives Ella instructions on how to guide the woman through her thoughts and memories. Ella is in a cold, dark place, where her father used to take her – she’s being watched by entities that don’t like to be talked about, according to her father. The girl’s breath starts to deepen and quicken until belting out a shrilling scream.

In present day, the woman on the tape cassette, Dr. Kay Barry, walks down the corridor of a psychiatric hospital, with an orderly, and into the room where Ella, now a young adult, is sitting at a table in silence. After Ella acrimoniously responds to the doctor’s inquiries, Dr. Barry begins the tape cassette recording of their 24th session. Without much restraint, Ella makes clear her disdain of the recordings, being paraded in front of the evaluation review board, and how Dr. Barry never seems to listen to her.

It was apparent that Ella was no longer willing to cooperate – a sign the doctor picked up on and decided to stop the recording. It’s a move that softens Ella – she is now having a conversation with the doctor and not fiddling with tools that she walked in the door with. As she continues to describe the entities that haunt her, the doctor tries to convince Ella that they’re just bad memories – none of them are real. As Ella continues to describe the fateful day, her eyes then dart sideway, as if she just saw something and starts breaking down – she tried to convince the doctor that they exist but she would never listen.

Cast & Crew

Writer, Director, Producer: Evan Randall Green
Cinematographer, Co-Producer: Richard C. Bell
Editor: James Miller
Key Cast: Jane Barry, Rosie Keogh, Paul Vorassi, Darrin Davies, Kaylea Caulfield, Erin Fleay

Ratings & Review

Narrative
Characters
Engagement
Wonderful editing to create the semblance of long history between the doctor and her patient until the revelation.
Very Good
About The Author
- Joon Shin has always been an advocate for independent films and is a Co-Founder & Partner for Content of Characters, Board Director for both Dosha Pops and In The Lights PR, and serves on the Board of Advisors for TriplAgent.