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Spooky, frightening, alien, and imaginative, this program has everything for horror and sci-fi-seeking audiences. From tales of family hauntings to dystopian societies, these filmmakers delve into the genre that critics and viewers have long discussed as closely reflecting, and refracting, human nature.

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Total Run Time: 96 minutes

This program will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Programmed by Guest Festival Shorts Programmer, Emily Eddy.

Content Considerations: Strong language, implied sexual situations, self-harm, harassment, depictions of disordered eating, depictions of violence, implied violence.

Standing Woman is a social horror that looks to a near future where the government, rather than imprisoning criminals or deporting immigrants, turns them into trees as part of an insidious environmental campaign.

Tom, a propaganda filmmaker, wrestling with the recent ‘planting’ of his wife Mari for making seditious comments, embarks on a journey to say a final goodbye.

Based on the short story by internationally acclaimed writer, Yasutaka Tsutsui, author of 'Paprika' and 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time', Standing Woman is a cautionary tale of a world that has edged into bio-fascism.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Note
    English closed captions available
  • Director
    Tony Hipwell
  • Screenwriter
    Max Gee
  • Producer
    Tony Hipwell & Max Gee
  • Cast
    Anton Thompson, Yuriri Naka
  • Cinematographer
    Jenni Suitiala
  • Editor
    Luke Downing
  • Production Design
    Bethan King
  • Composer
    Sakiko Sakuragi
  • Sound Design
    Waqar Shah