It was great fun seeing a range of films from all over the globe, including:
The Doula (US)
Director - Sarah Welsh Elliott
A well-heeled Brooklyn couple expecting their first baby, places all of their trust in a highly recommended doula with sinister motives.
I’m Sarah Welsh Elliott, and I’m the director, co-writer, and practical effects person on The Doula. It was a very small operation so I also did costume, some make-up, and was one of the producers.
Sophie (Kittie Walsh) picked the perfect doula (Lillian DeVane) for her upcoming home birth. Relying on advice from family and friends, she is determined to give her baby the best of everything. Now that the doula has gained Sophie’s trust she has different plans for the birth and the new baby. The supportive husband Taylor (Jon Brzyski) and Sophie discover the truth when labor starts on the night of a new moon.
How did the idea for this film come about?
It’s very much a product of location and time of life. My husband James and I wrote it together, as we watched friends change and react to dealing with pregnancy and birth. We live somewhere where a good amount of people have the time and money for all the extras, and home births and placenta capsules suddenly became the norm. The down side of course is it stigmatizes people who don’t have all these options. It was interesting to explore these economic and cultural disparities in relation to watching our neighborhood go through so many changes at the same time as many of our friends were having children. Setting our story against these themes of uncomfortable or unwanted change (in body or area code) brought some added depth to our film.