Death of Albine
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'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.”

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The Artist

Rebecca Louise Law is a British Installation Artist, best known for artworks created with natural materials, namely flora. The physicality and sensuality of her work plays with the relationship between humanity and nature. Law is passionate about natural change and preservation, allowing her work to evolve as nature takes its course and offering an alternative concept of beauty.

"I have used the extremities of Zola's writing as an inspiration throughout my art practice. The relationship between the human being and nature is at the core of my work and to capture an essence of this is what drives me forward. I have been wanting to make a snap shot of this scene since art school, so it's incredibly exciting to finally bring this to life."



The Director

Mike Sharpe is an award-winning director that specialises in visual storytelling with a strong eye for design and visual effects. In 2008, he formed Found Studio to bring together his dual passion of filmmaking and animation.

Mike has directed music videos for international artists such as Ellie Goulding & Take That as well as a diverse range of groundbreaking content and commercials for a variety of global brands.

In 2017, his debut short film, ‘The Dog and The Elephant’, won the ‘British Short Film Award’ as the 31st Leeds International Film Festival and was shortlisted for ‘British/Irish Short Film of the Year’ at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.