The Wallis: A Story of a Woman Who Made a Film

How Micaela Taylor turned pandemic stillness into a creative explosion at the Wallis. Forget the Oscars, and forget the Grammys, and forget the Emmys, and forget the Golden Globes. The Wallis is one of…

The Wallis: A Story of a Woman Who Made a Film

How Micaela Taylor turned pandemic stillness into a creative explosion at the Wallis.

Forget the Oscars, and forget the Grammys, and forget the Emmys, and forget the Golden Globes. The Wallis is one of the world’s most prestigious and, at times, most challenging film festivals. And while the world was still struggling with Coronavirus, a remarkable woman named Micaela Taylor, from the U.K., created an unforgettable, epic, and utterly confounding set of films.

Her first film, a documentary called “On My Way to Prison” was produced by a British nonprofit and won awards at festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, and the Berlin Independent Film Festival. And while she was working on this film, she was also producing a second film called “The Nightingale” that she ultimately left unfinished.

The film was in development for seven years. But when the world crashed out of order, and everyone she knew who worked in film were suddenly unable to do so, it was all Micaela could do to finish this film and find distribution. This work of art, her second and third films, is called “The Wallis.” While her first film was an exploration of what happens when a documentary filmmaker and a film crew are locked up on a remote island in Chile, this second and third film is a haunting exploration of the impact of a global pandemic on the artistic process, and the relationships between artists and their audiences.

How she did it

Micaela Taylor grew up in Wales, but her father is Jamaican and her mother was British. She was born in a small village in Swansea, which at the time was a fairly nondescript town: “It’s a little seaside village that’s about five miles from Swansea Bay, but it’s not a particularly scenic town.” Her family was, like many other families in Swansea, deeply religious. She attended

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