Satu is serving probation – as a fairy godmother – for getting wishes very, very wrong. Now the Fairy Council only sends her to grant wishes no one could screw up. Then she meets Sebastian. A successful banker, Sebi wants to give up everything and start over as a young man with dreams of becoming an artist. But when a drunken night out results in the wrong wish, he wakes up 42, with no job, no friends and no money.
Satu seizes the chance to make up for past wrongs, keeping Sebi focused on his dreams while they confront unpaid bills, the complexities of ancient youth charms, and a long trail of massacred houseplants. In the end, Sebi gets his wish in a way he didn't expect.
The Naked Truth About Fairies is a realistic look at the problems facing the modern-day fairy, from fairy to human relationships, to the persistent stereotype of frivolousness. Oh who are we kidding? It's a romantic comedy. Created over many plates of oysters, and shot in three days, it pulls together the talents of several New York City film artists who show their enthusiasm to tell stories by helping each other create their individual projects.
Careful what you wish for.
I started writing The Naked Truth About Fairies one morning after I asked myself what bothered me more than anything. That day it was squandered opportunity combined with being in my forties. The thought of a fairy godmother occurred to me, a means of reliving the past and making better choices. And then I thought, but what if you got a fairy godmother who got her wishes wrong. What if you wished to give up everything to start over, and discovered you'd given up everything and stayed where you were? And it terrified me, so that seemed like a good place to start.
Then, of course, the idea of a fairy who was ADD made me laugh. My dear friend Kat Scicluna, naturally fairy-like and somewhat ADD – although never at work – became the inspiration for the lead character Satu. She also pulled together the cast and crew because I'd never made a narrative film before, and she has worked on many and directed her own.
I have worked as a creative director for 20 years. I have a long history of collaborating with other creative people, and I've always been comfortable letting the specialists specialize. The filmmaking community in New York City felt instantly like home. Its members are expert at what they do. They want to collaborate with other artists. They want to see the process have a beginning, middle and end. And afterwards they want to get a drink and enjoy what they just did, whether or not they got paid.
There is nothing I'd rather do than make stories come alive with people like that.
-- Dean Temple, Writer and Co-Producer
1. Official Selection 2015 St. Tropez International Film Festival
Nominations: Best Short; Jury Prize; Best Actress (Crystal Cotton); Best Supporting Actress (Clare Solly)
2. Official Selection ChainNYC International Film Festival
3. Official Selection: The International Indie Gathering
Winner: First Place Short Comedy
4. Official Selection: Depth of Field International Film Festival
Winner: Kudos Award