Egomaniac

Egomaniac (2016)

“This film is based on a true story…” declares text at the beginning of Egomaniac, about a female, independent filmmaker driven murderously crazy by her own cottage industry. The suspension points coming after that quote represent punctuation’s equivalent of a nod and a wink – a sly acknowledgement by writer/director Kate Shenton that initial claims…

Hooks

On Tender Hooks (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks   A memorable scene from Miike Takashi’s outrageous, ultraviolent Ichi the Killer (2001) shows a yakuza being hanged mid-air from hooks inserted into his back, as a form of exotic (and horrific) torture. Yet Kate Shenton’s documentary On Tender Hooks reveals a subculture out there, populated by fakir-like performance artists, body modification devotees,…