In honour of Women in Horror Month 2016, a special event is taking place this Tuesday February 23rd at London’s Whirled Cinema. And when we say special, we really mean it: you don’t want to miss this one.
The event will showcase ten shorts from around the world, including two UK premieres (Blair Bathory’s Kitty Kitty and Patricia Chica’s Serpents’ Lullaby). All are directed (or co-directed) by women, with the exception of Andy Stewart’s Ink, to mark his status as the first ever male director to participate in the annual WiHM Massive Blood Drive (more on this later).
After the shorts showcase there will be a WiHM Panel discussion. The panel includes, amongst others, Katie Bonham and Jessica Messenger, whose Kickstarter campaign Six Hot Chicks in a Warehouse we took a look at earlier in the week. The evening ends with a presentation of the feature film DYS, directed by Maude Michaud.
The Facebook event page for the showcase can be found here.
Over the last year or two, I’ve managed to catch a couple of the shorts that are playing at this event, and would say that this event is pretty much unmissable on the score of those alone. Gigi Saul Guerrero’s El Gigante is superb, Jill Sixx’s Call Girl is a genuinely unsettling one that pulls the best from its exceptional cast, Chelsey Burdon and Mark Vessey’s She is a dark, austere work with an absolutely gut-wrenching finale, Andy Stewart’s Ink is a reliably intense cut from his Body Horror Trilogy, and Katie Bonham’s The Paper Round is a simple, haunting piece that will linger in your mind long after the credits have rolled.
Kate Shenton’s Gimp also screens. While I haven’t seen the short itself, last September Kate wrote an excellent, harrowing piece on her experiences as a female filmmaker that you really have to read.
As is traditional, Women in Horror Month 2016 brings with it the event’s annual Massive Blood Drive PSA, where a talented bunch of directors put together a programme of (very) short films with an overarching purpose of raising awareness of the need for blood donations. This year features brilliant work from the likes of Jill Sixx, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Andy Stewart, Hannah Neurotica and many more. For reasons that become apparent in the video, this year’s objective is to be deliberately offensive – a pursuit at which they’re generally pretty successful.