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Underwire Festival: Female Trouble at The Castle Cinema

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Time 21:00
Date 24/11/17
Price £7.5

A gender-bending selection of short films, exploring what the female body can do when pushed to its limit.

Women reclaim their bodies through sex, dance, and smear tests gone awry in this selection of shorts. Expect both battlegrounds, and cause for celebration.

CUT - Nominated for: Directing Award – Eva Sigurdardottir, XX Award, Writing Award – Eva Sigurdardottir

After being the victim of revenge porn, 17-year-old Chloe decides to enter a Fitness Model competition in order to change her image. But once at the competition she realises that her negative image will be difficult to shed. How far will she go to redefine herself and regain control?

ABANDON - Nominated for: Directing Award – Georgia Parris, Sound Design Award – Jo Jackson

Shot in one take, Abandon follows Clemmie, an ambitious dancer in her early thirties when she finds out she’s unexpectedly pregnant.

SMEAR - Nominated for: Production Design Award – Sets Appeal

Chloe thinks she’s just going in for a routine pap-smear. Things do not go as planned.

SOLDIER BEE - Nominated for: Acting Award – Shauna Macdonald

A Captain returns home from Afghanistan after being injured in a rigged booby trap that has left her scarred both physically and on a deep psychological level.
PERFECT VAGINA - Nominated for: Under 25 Animation – Alexandra Peake

An animated interview with a 15-year-old girl who describes her experiences with shaving her pubic hair and the social pressure on girls having to do it from her school.

PORTRAIT - Nominated for: Cinematography Award – Flo Wallace

A film about a Victorian photographer taking a portrait of a mother and child, interrogating and elaborating on exposure time and the creator of the image.

PLASMA VISTA - Nominated for: Directing Award – Sarah Cockings and Harriet Fleuriot

Objects and devices become bodily and manipulative. The magician is a composed cartoon machine repeating tricks and equations. When products become prosthetics does the accessory take some emotional control?

AM I DEAD - Nominated for: Composing Award – Die Hexen

Traumatic experiences in our past, or in our recent ancestors’ past, leave molecular scars adhering to our DNA.