The Burning Season

The Burning Season (2023)

The Burning Season screens at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 Opening in medias res to the sound of a woman gasping for breath, the prologue to Sean Garrity’s The Burning Season is what might be called a primal scene. “You can’t tell anyone about this, ok? Ever. Promise me.” says a panting, upset girl (Natalie…

Influencer

Influencer (2022)

Influencer had its world première at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2022 Madison (Emily Tennant) has never felt so isolated. A popular influencer, she is staying for a fortnight at a luxurious resort in Thailand, packaging her every experience, indeed her every meal, into shots and videos which she posts on Instagram with cheery messages and…

Superhost

Superhost (2021)

Teddy (Osric Chau) and Claire (Sara Canning) are co-presenters on their travel vlog Superhost, compiling and uploading to-camera pieces about the high-end holiday rentals where they stay. They are also a genuine couple – and right from the opening scene of writer/director Brandon Christensen‘s Superhost, there is a clear tension between their real relationship and…

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…

Hit

I Put A Hit On You (2014)

  The opening sequence of I Put A Hit On You establishes a dynamic that will energise everything that follows—or at least do whatever the opposite of energise is. Harper (Sara Canning) carefully selects her elegant dress and heels for a night out that she has planned with equal care. She arrives at the swanky restaurant –…