Un Jour Dans L’annee

Un Jour Dans L’annee tells the story of an estranged couple who are doomed to resuscitate their dead relationship every year on one special day – Valentines Day. Tension and resentment build until, resulting in a showdown until one of them gives in. Until next year. A film by Jodie Deakin Director: Jodie Deakin, Co-Director: Jay...

What Makes Us, Reel Good Film Club

For Maria Cabrera and Grace Barber-Plentie, their experiences of the world don’t just come through their gender, but their role as black women in society too. This affects everything: from what they wear, to how they embrace feminism as well as their work at Reel Good Film Club. Most Polyester readers will be familiar with...

Romantic Comedy University

Romantic comedies are given a hard rep. True, it’s hard to completely trust a genre whose landmark films star Billy Crystal and Mel Gibson as successful womanizers, but (as I’ve previously written about here) there’s a joy in the formulaic nature of the genre. There’s rarely a twist ending with the genre as we know...

200 Cigarettes Is The Best Trashy NYE Film Ever

Forgive me for being controversial but I’ve gotta start with a statement – New Year’s Eve is the worst. Every year around mid-December, the fear creeps in – how am I going to make this New Year’s the one to remember? You plan and fuss for a whole month, then when push comes to shove,...

SOS

Designer Steve Smith & director May Powell debut this dreamy new fashion film featuring Smith’s graduate collection and starring musician and model Emma Chitty. Initially inspired by the by the character Jeanie from Christina Rossetti’s 19th Century poem ‘Goblin Market’, a poem that explores the more vibrant side of sin, Smith’s use of colour, texture and plethora...

Maude

World premiere of Will Reid’s short film, Maude. A girl’s infatuation with her inanimate best friend drives her boyfriend to commit a violent crime of passion. A film by Will Reid. A 322 Films production. 2016. Starring – Ellie Hoskyns-Abrahall as Girl Oliver de Montfalcon as Boy Maude, as herself Written and Directed by Will...

Liberty Sadler: Fat is a Feminist Issue

“We’re at an interesting time for woman embracing their sexuality,” says artist Liberty Sadler. “But the capitalist structures in place mean that it’s a certain type of sexuality that is a commodity. There’s an aesthetic privilege and hierarchy of bodies that means that a normal sized woman in an advert is suddenly plus-sized. We’re in...

Megan-Magdalena Bourne’s Soft Paradise

[cycloneslider id=”soft-paradise”]   In February we were lucky enough to have premiered Vancouver-based photographer Megan-Magdalena Bourne’s first short film. Now we have the pleasure of premiering her second, SOFT PARADISE. “Soft Paradise is the love child between myself and Juliann McCandless. I’ve known her for almost a decade but we had never shot together before. We...

Freedom/Ination

[cycloneslider id=”freedomination”]    It’s February now and most of our New Year’s resolutions have probably been apathetically dropped; our concern for ‘the more important things in life’ taking the reigns in our day-to-day lives. Fortunately, however, Vancouver-based photographer Megan-Magdalena Bourne hasn’t given up on hers. This year she’s started making short films to accompany every photo...

Why a ‘good abortion film’ should never just be an ‘abortion film’

It’s no secret that abortion is a tricky subject for people to handle. With the recent shooting at Planned Parenthood, the abortion laws in Ireland and stories of illegal abortions around the world, abortion has been hitting all of our news screens in the past few months. But what about our film screens? Grandma (2015)...

Where’s My American Pie?

There is an aspect of our adolescence that is ignored by our parents and over exaggerated by the film industry – of older boys and younger girls (note, I said boys). When you’re fifteen, the guys you hang out with are eighteen. And it’s great: they buy you fags and take your virginity and drive...

Banksia Park

Two girls keep it cool on a hot day down under. ‘Banksia Park’, a short film by Amy Dellar: