British writer-director Deborah Haywood’s award winning First Feature Film Pin Cushion tells the story of a unique mother-daughter duo: Super close Mother LYN (played by Joanna Scanlan) and daughter IONA (startling screen presence from newcomer Lily Newmark) are known as Dafty One and Dafty Two are excited for their new life in a new town. Determined to make a success of things after a tricky start, Iona becomes ‘best friends’ with KEELY, STACEY and CHELSEA. Used to being Iona’s bestie herself, Lyn feels left out.
So, Lyn also makes friends with BELINDA, her neighbour. As much as Lyn and Iona pretend to each other that things are going great, things aren’t going great for either of them. Iona struggles with the girls, who act more like frenemies than friends, and Belinda won’t give Lyn her stepladders back. Both Mother and Daughter retreat into fantasy and lies.
We are thrilled to welcome producer Gavin Humphries for a Post Q&A after today’s screening.
“A beautifully tragic tale …” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News
“An amazing feature debut …” Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Screen Anarchy
“Joanna Scanlan gives an outstanding – and terrifying – performance in a superb British indie” Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian – 4 Stars)
Official Selection Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week 2017 – Opening Night Gala – World premiere
Official Selection Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018
Cast: Lilly Newmark, Joanna Scanlan, Loris Scarpa.
Tickets: £6 General Admission (Plus booking fee) // £5 Under 25’s (Plus booking fee)