Drama, Romance, 18 min
Log Line: It took her a long time to find her wings… but when she did it was beautiful.
With little to no dialogue, Wings enthrals its audience with its romantic atmosphere and colour scheme, despite it being set during World War II.
Watching this short film was a delight. Jamie Weston’s Wings is a love story in two acts; beautiful, dreamy, heart-warming, aesthetically pleasing, with Bafta winners Virginia McKenna and Miriam Margolyes (and who doesn’t love Miriam Margolyes?). With little to no dialogue, Wings enthrals its audience with its romantic atmosphere and colour scheme, despite it being set during World War II.
Wings is a visual experience. It doesn’t tell but shows the relationship developing between the two female leads. Audrey (Carla Fraser) and Dora (Rosie Day) are two Land Army girls, whose love story spans over 60 years. They meet during the war and their relationship blooms despite it or maybe thanks to it because the war comes with an urgency for love. War gives the two women the opportunity to meet and to be together in a way that wouldn’t have been possible especially for Audrey as a wife and mother. Their relationship is cut short though by the return of Audrey’s husband. This is the end of the first act. The second one opens with Dora walking in a care home, where… can you guess? She is reunited with Audrey. The reunion is emotional and smooth, in contrast with another film dealing with a similar subject, Time & Again. They seem to pick up where they left all those years ago. With joy, excitement, bewilderment, their love is just as young as it was in the first half of the film, and their relationship glows.
You could say there are tragic undertones, like the need for a war for two women to be allowed to love each other, the brusque and long separation, but the film doesn’t dwell on them. It presents their love in vibrant colours. The war period is pink, luminous, because their love was like that. It is the time when both Dora and Audrey felt most alive, a cherished memory, not of war, tragedy, loss, death, hunger and fear, but of love, warmth, freedom, happiness; the sort of happiness that can only be found in love. The husband is never made into a villain, but the film still gently and masterfully manipulates its viewers to be disappointed in his return, channelling the frustration over a society that leaves no place for a love like Audrey’s and Dora’s.
The second half, set in present day has a bit of a more realistic approach. Their relationship, a success in itself, as it has endured the test of time, is complemented by the support it receives from the bystanders, which makes it more than a singular love story that survives, but suggests a change in mentality, in society. Both Virginia Mckenna and Miriam Margolyes give a thoughtful, gentle, but spirited performance. They’re convincing and honestly, fun, as the older Dora and Audrey living their lives and love to the fullest.
Wings is a heart-warming short film, with solid performances, and a score by Jon Mills that wraps it together. It’s similar at its core to The Love Letter, Time & Again and Seeing Glory, on our VOD platform, but unlike these, it’s not based on dialogue and it shows the part of the story that the others only hint at. Wings is currently showing at BFI Flare until the 28th of March. I know you want to see it, so don’t miss it!
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Maria is a Romanian art and film lover, with degrees in art history and media. She enjoys volunteering for various film and art events, as well as being a part of vibrant, diverse teams. She has a passion for writing and hopes to turn her passions, interests and actual degrees into a profession.