DIRECTOR'S NAME: GRIFFIN / PRODUCERS: GRIFFIN, SHARON GAULT, AMBURR FARLS / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: NAOKO TOKAGE / MUSIC: JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH CONCERTO FOR HARPSICHORD AND STRINGS IN D MINOR / DURATION: 1'42'' / CAST: GITA HALL, MARTINA VASSILEVA, ADELAIDE GAULT & ROSABELLA SULLIVAN WEBB / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: ERNESTO LOMELI / STYLIST: LAURA DUNCAN AND MARODI / HAIR: BENJAMIN MOHAPI / MAKE-UP: SHARON GAULT.
SHORT FILM SYNOPSIS:
ZAN DARA is an exploration of memory and experience seen through the mind and eye of a star in her twilight years. Loosely drawing inspiration from the Greek myth about vanity, Narcissus, the film examines memories of beauty, joy and pain associated with a life in front of the camera. ZAN DARA unfolds through multiple perspectives of its star Gita Hall (1952 Miss Stockholm and former 1950s top Vogue model and actress, shot by legendary photographers such as Irving Penn and Richard Avedon) and that of the omnipresent and haunting newcomer Martina Vassileva. ZAN DARA is a visual journey through space and time, bathed in colored light.
SHORT DIRECTOR BIO:
A direct descendant of the Royal Swedish Wasa dynasty, Gita Hall nee Birgitta Wetterhall was born in Sweden. Gita became Miss Stockholm in 1952, worked in Paris as a model, for all the top fashion magazines as well as the runway and touring Europe for noted fashion designer Pierre Balmain. Moving to New York City in 1952, she continued modeling and acting where she landed an internationally displayed ad for Revlon’s “Persian Melon”, photographed by Richard Avedon who became her mentor. She went on to star in Hollywood films, such as GUNRUNNERS and WOLF LARSEN and others, and still works to this day.