'Death of Albine' is a collaborative film project between director Mike Sharpe and British Installation Artist Rebecca Louise Law.
The film takes its inspiration from elements of the French novel ‘The Sinful Priest’, by Emile Zola. The novel centers on a love affair between a young priest and an innocent girl, Albine. After Albine is abandoned by her lover, she decides to tear the flowers from the garden, in which they consummated their affair, to make a deathbed, where she then lies down and dies.
The scene inspired the painting ‘The Death of Albine’ by late British pre-Raphaelite painter John Collier, which forms the title of our film.
"This book was given to me at the start of my art practice in 2002 and was an inspiration into how far you can use flowers within the creative arts. In this case, Zola uses flowers to describe human emotion and physicality through words.”