Gala & Godfrey with Director Q & A
Directed by Kristin Ellingson
Once upon a time, a British bad boy met a lost American girl and they lived happily ever after (yea, right). Love is like an old vinyl record — the hits aren’t that good and the B-side is more interesting. Gala & Godfrey is a witty and irresistible film that is made of short, episodic visual “tracks.” They chart the hurricane-force rise, fall, and chaotic aftermath of the marriage of Godfrey, a cocky Brit who sings lead in a rock band, and Gala, a perky American who wants love and stability. What begins as a fairy-tale romance between opposites soon becomes a showdown between warring kingdoms, played out via squirm-in-your-seat humor with palpable sexual tension.
Director Kristin Ellingson is a founding member of the Seraphim Theater Company and was a contributing screenwriter on United Artists’ Hackers and Carrie 2: The Rage. Gala & Godfrey is her first feature film as director and was inspired by the final scene of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage and her favorite Hugh Grant movies. Gala & Godfrey was named Best Independent Film at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival in February 2016 and Best Feature at Portsmouth International Film Festival in September 2016. “Gala & Godfrey is my love letter to anyone who is divorced, a child of divorce, or keeps sleeping with their ex even though they know it’s a really bad idea,” Ellingson said.