Films by Nicholas & Sheila Pye

A LIFE OF ERRORS 2006, 14 min

In a decrepit three-room house two lovers, played by the filmmakers, fall out of each other’s graces and turn bitter enemies without exchanging words. In the theatrical dream world of their sleep, they endeavor to harm each other though a series of childish games, which inevitably go too far. Growing increasingly distrustful of one another, these somnambulists become finely skilled at the unmaking of love.

THE ARSONIST 2005, 14 min

On an isolated farm, Nicole, age 8, wakes up during the summer, in her bed. In those early moments between waking and rising she remembers an encounter from last winter with an elderly woman in a snowstorm. Her thoughts, imagination and boredom are satisfied through fire.

THE PAPER WALL 2004, 10 min

Boxed into twin rooms yet separated by a thin wall, a brother and sister communicate their desires. Stunning, provocative and perplexing, the pair is irresistible to watch as they become increasingly dependent on one another. Needing each other to perform basic bodily functions, such as breathing, “Sheila and Nicholas Pye explore collisions of a different sort in their edgy (and often hilarious) film exposing the vulnerabilities of emotional interdependence." Sarah Milroy, The Globe and Mail, This Week, Saturday, June 5, 2004, page M8


2002, 6 min 30 sec

An abandoned farmhouse serves as the catalyst for the exploration of childhood, memory, and architecture. The elusive process of recollecting memories, both fabricated and real, is examined as a girl moves from one decrepit room to the next. The protagonist, played by the writer/director, is a young girl on the verge of womanhood who exorcises her past by destroying the house.

THE LESSON 2004, 10 min 30 sec

Inspired by the existential writer, Eugene Ionesco, this story unfolds in a middle class drawing room, during a non-specific time period. A professor, his young pupil, and his maid embark on a journey through the curriculum of the absurd. The characters in the film are rendered emotionless and marionette like by the pixilated style in which the film was shot. As the lesson continues, communication breaks down, language falters, and the austere professor loses all control.