Friday, March 15, 2013

Death, Maleficarum, Reviews, Olalla

As some of you may already know from my posts on Facebook, my father passed away not long ago. Although I was supposed to be prepared for it, I wasn't. So, I took an emergency trip up to the great white North, saw friends and family, and slogged through a bunch of bureaucratic paperwork. Why does death involve so much paperwork? Incredible.

Robert Louis Stevenson, my new BF
I'm back in the South now, where the water goes down the drain the other way, and am getting back to the project at hand, my next movie, Olalla, in the midst of mourning. My next movie involves death. And a strange family.

I was perusing the interwebs and found that someone had written a review about Maleficarum recently on You can read it right here!

I also received some spectacular reviews of Le Marquis de la Croix and Barbazul from the Beverly Hills Outlook, which will be published this year. Here are a couple of excerpts below:

Le Marquis> "This intense and focused Bolivian production, handsomely mounted by Amy Hesketh and Jac Avila with just the right visual accents and splashes of color for Decadent Cinema, is a master class in film direction, courtesy of Hesketh herself."

Wow, "masterclass in film direction", thanks!

Barbazul> "This Latinization of Bluebeard is the most successful adaptation of that fairy tale to the cinema to date, as, in it, cineaste Amy Hesketh subtly expands her thematics from her already established central concern of Control (of one being over another) to Complicity."

Again, seriously, thanks!

A bit of Inspiration

Olalla also includes themes of Control and Complicity. I do seem to like those themes, don't I? I'm also including Incest, Genetics, Vampirism, the Victorian, and the Gothic. Just to round things out.

More Inspiration


  1. When can we hear more details on "Olalla"?
    The choice of Stevenson's short story is spot on
    for your production crew. It will also offer some interesting choices, IMHO. For example, the
    protagonist is male whereas all yours have been
    female. The Spanish setting is a natural for the
    Bolivian crew - again, great choice. And of course
    we all hope you will enrich with the Grand Guignol "spice" you all do so well. I would love to see the crew possibly doing some video blogs on You-Tube or such to give us some teasers on what it's going to look like!

    Andrew/No URL

  2. Thanks! I really fell in love with the story of Olalla when I read it for the first time. In my version, I tell a more complex story than what's in the original... there's a lot of "spice"!

    That's a fantastic idea, Andrew, about video blogging. As soon as we start the more involved pre-production, like costume fitting, we'll start doing that. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Just wanted to express my admiration to your beauty. You're so hot & awesome woman.

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    1. I can't stop returning back to the site, or googling for your photos & vids Amy. U're so loveable & magnificent.
      The other girls of the productions are pretty also, but there's smthing special with U. Your expressions of suffering during the ordeals are so real & conveying meanings.
      Your body, every part of it, is adorable. Your breasts, your thighs, your arms, your flesh trembling under the real strokes of the whip, all these & much more I'd mention, evoke to me a need of hugging & trying to protect & care for such a loveable & delicate female..
      I just wanted to offer this thinking which up-rises in me, as a different way of approaching your productions in general..

    2. Thank you for your kindness and interest in our work, Minas! I have two characters in Olalla who think the very same way about my character in the film. There are of course villains as well. In this next film I'll be exploring a range of psychological and physical reactions to violence.