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In the hour of his death, Henry VIII contemplates his life, loves and those he has wronged, wondering if he has earned his place at God’s table.
Written and directed by Jan Hendrik Verstraten
Musical score: Louis Mander
Novelist and professional script editor Lucy V Hay has praised ‘I Am Henry’ for its originality. This is what she had to say about the script:
“I Am Henry is essentially a two-hander between Henry and the ghost of his second wife Anne Boleyn, though Catherine, his first wife, also appears as do his dead children. The King is dead, and the monk who sits with him appears to be a manifestation of The Grim Reaper, St Peter or perhaps God himself. There is a yearning quality to the narrative as Henry finds himself in purgatory (limbo) and is confronted with his misdeeds, especially his betrayal of Anne. Though Henry insists he regrets nothing, we’re left uncertain this is actually the case. At its heart, the story of ‘I Am Henry’ is quite brilliant (in the truest sense of the word); it’s easily one of the best stories in a short film I have seen for a very long time.”
Hay is one of the organisers of London Screenwriters’ Festival where she is the Head Reader for its many contests and initiatives.