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PICKED: Who’s Afraid of the Watersprite

With Halloween right around the corner, why not take our eyes off the slutty costumes and our hands out of the candy jar for a moment and instead look towards its tradition of creative mythology? Who’s Afraid of the Watersprite is a haunting and poetic short film by 23-year-old British filmmaker William McGregor inspired by the dark fairy tales and folklore of Eastern European legends. The film, which McGregor created when he was only 19, has screened at over 20 film festivals worldwide and has been proclaimed by the Royal Television Society as the best student film they’ve ever seen. We won’t disagree.

Who’s Afraid of the Watersprite is available for download as part of iTunes’ Shorts International collection — at just $1.99, it’s a steal.

Published October 26, 2010




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