Light Beings is a 3-minute short film written and directed by Natasha Khan for DITA Eyewear, with soundtrack created by Khan and The Haxan Cloak. It premiered on YouTube on 12 February 2018. It stars Margaret Qualley and Jamie Strachan.
Khan told Lief London:
"I would love the viewer to feel a sense of peace, calm, mystery... to ponder for themselves, perhaps, the back story of these two beings. What their history might have been and where they will end up. I wanted to immerse the viewer in another place, a feeling that is beyond the everyday, a love story that has layers of hopefully more than meets the eye."
"Light Beings" sets out to explore a tale of magnetic attraction. Once a year, lovers meet within an ancient rocky landscape, a secret place of ritual. Margaret's character embarks on a journey to reunite with her light being, transfixed by his light forms and healed by his mystical powers, silent and still, they embrace in a dance of love and loss. The result is a spectacular, beautiful story that is simultaneously familiar yet alien, a tale told only the way that Khan could tell it.
Khan revealed in an interview what inspired the narrative:
“I went to that swimming hole several times over the summer and watched people jumping in from different heights. I wondered how it would be to go there alone and see someone jumping and for something magical to happen as a result. The story then became about meeting places for lovers, about time and worlds separating them. If you were in love with an alien being, where would you secretly meet?”
She further revealed what inspired the script:
“This script is based on the personal experiences between myself, Meng-Chia and two close friends. Everything in the film has happened to someone we know; it’s like a friendzone documentary.”
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