We’re excited to announce that Lily Cole is directing a short film for her Foundling Fellowship project, in partnership with the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Yorkshire.
Developed for the Foundling Museum and Brontë Parsonage Museum to mark the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth, Balls will be displayed at both institutions simultaneously. Cole’s film is inspired by two separate but intertwined stories; the real lives of desperate women and the babies they gave up to the care of the Foundling Hospital in the nineteenth-century, which are meticulously documented in the Hospital’s archives; and Heathcliff, the foundling antihero from Brontë’s much-loved novel Wuthering Heights.
Set in modern-day Liverpool, the city from which Heathcliff was rescued, Balls explores the links between the Foundling Hospital story and Brontë’s novel, and reflects on the progress of women’s rights over the past two hundred years. Cole’s film will go on display here at the Museum from 31 July – 2 December. To accompany the film, we will display objects from the Brontë Parsonage Museum relating to the author and her inspiration.
Balls has been co-written by Lily Cole and Stacey Gregg, and produced by Kate Wilson at Fury Films. The film has been made possible with support from Arts Council England.