John Hurt voices a dead alchemist in the gorgeously animated short film The Alchemist’s Letter. A young man arrives at his late father’s lab and learns all about his father’s invention, a device that can turn objects into gold, but at the price of his most precious memories.

Director Carlos Andre Stevens tapped Hurt and actress Eloise Webb to provide the voicework for this film. And even though its story is told largely through voiceover, the visuals make The Alchemist’s Letter an emotional and compelling watch.

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