The Worcestershire mystery of the body found in 1943 in a hollow tree, the subject of Andrew Sparke’s book, ‘Bella In The Wych-Elm’, continues to attract interest. Two related films are out this summer. One, by Tom Lee Ritter, is fictional – what might have happened to Bella – and filmed in black and white in 1940s style. The other, from Jayne Harris, is a documentary examining the tale’s lurid espionage and witchcraft elements.
Andrew Sparke was interviewed for Jayne’s film, in eerie green light, at a location in the underground World War Two base near Kinver, known today as the Drakelow Tunnels and which are worth a mention and a visit in their own right.
However, Andrew is increasingly persuaded that solving the mystery requires a new approach and in the next few months, he will be publishing a companion volume from a new author which explores the crime scene and draws some startlingly fresh conclusions. Watch this space.
Jayne Harris’ film premieres at Stourbridge Town Hall at 8pm on 4th August 2017.
And in the meantime here’s a film trailer link: