The short film, For the Love of Barbie Allen: A Modern Child Ballad, is the modern retelling of one of the most widespread Child Ballads, Child 84: “Barbara Allen.” Sweet William becomes Will and Barbara Allen becomes Barbie Allen as the two undergo the breakdown of what was once a strong, intimate relationship. For the Love of Barbie Allen was concieved, written, shot, and edited in less than 10 days with no budget and examines the human condition and the destructive power of love and jealousy. While parts of the story are altered, the core of the ballad rings true and is clearly still relevant.
Written and Directed by Phillip Barnett
Produced and Edited by Phillip Barnett and Zachary Curry
Starring Susanna White, Kevin Bloomfield, and Lindsey Webb
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Used with permission.