My Mother's Eyes

My Mother’s Eyes (2023)

My Mother’s Eyes had its international première on Mon 28th Aug at FrightFest My Mother’s Eyes opens with a close-up of a woman’s eyes, tearing, anguished, and then – after the sound of a newborn’s cry – flushed with relief and anxiety and a complicated kind of happiness, as the music of a cello fills…

Clock

Clock (2022)

Clock had its world première at the Overlook Film Festival Clock opens with a distraught woman standing alone on a swing in an otherwise abandoned children’s playground at night, with a pool of blood forming on the sand beneath – and between – her legs. She looks at something in her bloody hand, whimpers, pulls…

Adalynn

Adalynn (2023)

Adalynn begins with its title character (Sydney Carvill, perfectly personifying anxiety) talking, in voiceover, about the strong bond between a polar bear and her two cubs, and how damaging any severance of that bond would be, even as we see three ursine figurines getting wet in a shower. This sequence introduces not only the film’s…

Dash

Dash (2022)

Milly (Alexander Molina) is about to shoot himself in the foot. Even as he listens on his phone’s speaker to an intimate voicemail from his heavily pregnant girlfriend Emily (Monette Moio) declaring her love for him, he is getting a hand job in the front seat of his car from prostitute Kalli (Audra Alexander), and then…

Marathon

Marathon (2021)

According to legend, in 490 B.C.E. a messenger ran without stopping from Marathon to Athens to report as quickly as possible the improbable victory of the Athenian army against the overwhelming numbers of an invading Persian force, and dropped dead after giving the news to the Assembly. This 26-and-a-half-mile dash would become the model for…

Z

Z (2019)

Z first published by VODzilla.co You wait for one ‘imaginary friend’ narrative with an intense mother/son relationship at its heart, and two come along. In Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Daniel Isn’t Real (2019), a young student must contend with the possibility that he has inherited his mother’s mental illness, even as Daniel, the destructive imaginary friend…

Ema

Ema (2019)

Ema first published by VODzilla.co Ema opens with the image of a traffic light. It is a state-erected sign for vehicles to stop and go, and therefore also a signifier of social order – except that this one, suspended over a street in Valparaíso at night, is on fire, as a woman watches her handiwork…