SISSY (SXSW 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

There’s nothing quite like the heartbreak and devastation of a best-friend break-up when you are a kid. Your entire universe collapses, and while not exactly a capital-T Trauma in the grand scheme of things, for some those wounds play a formative role in carving the doubts and insecurities that follow us into adulthood. Enter Cecilia (Aisha Dee), a lonely but increasingly successful social media wellness influencer who through total chance bumps into her early high school BFF Emma (Hannah Barlow) on the cusp of the latter’s wedding.

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SISSY (SXSW 2022) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Australian writer/directors Hanna Barlow and Kane Senes bring mean girls, social media savagery, fear of being cancelled, the repercussions of childhood trauma, and gore, gore, gore to their comedy horror mashup Sissy. Aisha Dee is both luminescent and looney tunes as the title character Sissy, or as she has calls herself to her 200,000 IG followers, Cecilia.

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Women and Horror at SXSW 2022 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

It’s almost SXSW o’clock in Austin, and the alarm is set for an impressive range of women-helmed horror films and others that delve into similarly dark, macabre or just good old fashioned unladylike territory. Whether it’s serial killers in Romania, bachelorette parties in Australia or ghosthunters in Utah, from the beloved Midnighters program and beyond this year’s SXSW is full to the brim with a diverse range of films that prove once again the domain of women’s filmmaking is often much wider than commonly assumed.

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