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Mystery of the Secret Room

Mystery of the Secret Room

Mystery of the Secret Room takes viewers on a spellbinding voyage between the real and the imaginary. An inspiring portrait of family, adversity, and resilience, this richly hued animated short tells the tale of 10-year-old Grace, who uses her creative superpowers to navigate the emotional landscape of her mother's depression.Writer/filmmaker Wanda Nolan collaborated with animator Claire Blanchet to weave together a deeply moving story. Hand-drawn animations bring two distinct worlds to life: the muted, solid world of "reality" and the saturated palette of Grace's imagination.Through a mixture of techniques and media, including drawn backgrounds, landscape photography, and ink and pastel on paper, Mystery of the Secret Room offers a textured story-world full of surprises, challenges, and emotions, while celebrating the transformative powers of literature and the imagination.

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Main credits

Nolan, Wanda (film director)
Nolan, Wanda (screenwriter)
Clarke, Annette (film producer)

Other credits

Art director and animation supervisor, Claire Blanchet; animation, Hyun Jin Park [and 3 others]; original music, Jeff Johnston.

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Distributor subjects

Psychology and Psychiatry - Counselling and Therapy
Psychology and Psychiatry - Family Life


Animated films; Counselling; Daughters; Depression; Interpersonal relationships; Mothers; Therapy; "Mystery of the Secret Room"; National Film Board of Canada