THE GHOST AND THE WHALE tells the story of Joseph Hawthorne (Maurice Benard), a bi-polar man who went off to sea with the love of his life and returned back to the sleepy town of Bodega alone. His wife Annabel Lee’s (Madeleine Hamer) disappearance and his subsequent exoneration creates a divided mystery among the town and moreover her bloodthirsty family.
One year later, acclaimed journalist Ed Hale (James Gaudioso) has been called to Bodega to cover Joseph’s mysterious and still untold story. A toilsome proposition, now that Joseph has relapsed into an untreated state, alternating between hysterical mania and crippling melancholia. Often times Joseph will seek sanctuary down by the water with his only friend, a massive Gray Whale (Jonathan Pryce).
Ed recruits the help of a gregarious townsman and wanna be writer, Mitch Captree (Bryan MckKinley) to help navigate the terrain and local customs. After ten years of incarceration, the most diabolical of her brothers, Jack Lee (Anthony Gaudioso) returns home to exact his revenge. Now, both Ed and Joseph must survive long enough to unveil the truth before the Lee’s bury them both.
“I love this film. The acting is formidable and the story haunting.
The Gaudioso brothers make a great team. Want to see a good film, let them make it” – Henry Deas, Variety
“A thrilling tale of loss, regret, and vindication, this look at mental illness and memory will enchant you with its stunning score and magical voice of a wise blue whale.” – Laina Baraka, Executive Director of The Monadnock International Film Festival