Lilith is the second film taken from the multi-channel digital installation, The (Un)Holy Trinity by Laura Jean Healey to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020.
The (Un)Holy Trinity draws inspiration from three female characters either taken directly from the Bible, or inspired by the inconsistencies found within, to explore the deep-seated notion of the ‘fallen woman’. Eve, Lilith and Salome - who through their supposedly unnatural acts of defiance, aggression, or desire for autonomy - have been demonised throughout history to serve as a warning as to how disruptive and destructive female sexuality can be if left unchecked.
The three filmed performances seek to not only explore these women in their moment of defiance but, more importantly, to challenge the demonised perceptions of the so-called ‘unnatural’ woman - that have been used to warn women as to the dangers of such desires and/or actions. Each of the films celebrate these women for their supposedly ‘unwomanly’ ways and draws upon the moment in which each woman asserts her own will; revealing her true inner strength in order to achieve her own sense of autonomy and defy the traditional, suffocating role that has been allotted to them throughout history. By extension, the films seek to force the audience question why these ingrained perceptions still exist today.
The second film focuses on the moment in which Lilith (Adam’s first wife according to Talmudic legend) refuses to submit to Adam. This one act of rebellion results in Lilith being cast from paradise forever and in doing so becomes the succubus (a temptress of innocent men), the breeder of evil spirits, and a child-murdering monster of the night. Her defiance of the masculine order forced her to become the ultimate symbol of all that which is demonised within the traditional patriarchal society: chaos, seduction, and ungodliness.
Eve: Christina Wolfe
Lilith: Tia Rolph
Salome: Cecile Sinclair
Artist | Filmmaker | Producer: Laura Jean Healey
1st Assistant Director: Tom Fraser Ivens
Movement Director: Sarita Piotrowski
Phantom Technician: Robin Horn
Digital Imaging Technicians: Michael Pentney & Chris Matthews
Gaffer: Michael McDermott
Art Director: May Davies
Art Assistant: Kat Docherty
Make Up Artist: Paul Rodgers
Hair Stylist: Ian Grummitt
Behind the Scenes: Kristian Fitsall
Studio Assistant: Tori Ferenc
Post Production by Technicolor
Post Production Producer: Amy Gilkerson
Colourist: Jodie Davidson
Composer: Sam Bucknall
Project Partners: Panavision London, Panalux London, Direct Digital London, Technicolor, Palmbrokers, Greenlit, Sedition.
Special thanks to: Rory Blain, Adam Coles, David Searle, Peter Storey and Jonny Garbutt.