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This film is fresh from its triumphant screening at London Film Festival.
‘I’m a witch, didn’t anyone tell you?’ When we first meet Shirley (Elisabeth Moss), soon to become America’s queen of horror fiction, she seems to be no such thing; just a sad, drunken shut-in, married to a cheating English professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) and blocked as a writer. But with the arrival of Rose and her teaching-assistant husband Fred, Shirley reveals herself as a far crueller and more sophisticated creature, seducing the innocent girl into becoming her companion and accomplice in the new mystery novel she is writing.
Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is clearly a touchstone, but Josephine Decker’s psychodrama goes further, blurring the boundaries of biopic and fiction in exploring the cruel forces that can feed creativity.
The screening on Tuesday 8 December is a Reclaim the Frame screening with recorded introduction (8 mins) and Q&A (15mins).
You can also watch a panel discussion on SHIRLEY with film critic Hannah Woodhead, Hayley Louise Charlesworth (PhD researcher in American Gothic and representations of bisexuality onscreen at Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr Joan Passey from the University of Bristol who specialises in Gothic literature and the works of Shirley Jackson and Tara Judah, writer & Watershed cinema producer. You can catch it on either Facebook Live or YouTube.
Reclaim The Frame is a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to widen and enrich cinema’s perspective of the world, run by charity Birds’ Eye View, and backed by the BFI’s Audience Fund. To learn more and join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission and receive free cinema tickets, discount codes and other film goodies go to Bit.ly/BEVRTF
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