Shudder Hops On ‘Sissy’ Horror Comedy As Film Impress At SXSW

AMC’s horror-themed streaming service Shudder has acquired the streaming rights to Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes sissy for North America, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

The streamer gushed over the film ahead of its world premiere at SXSW this weekend, where it wowed critics with its sense of humor and performances – it has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes so far.

The Canberra Shot sissy is led by The fat guy‘s Aisha Dee, who plays Cecilia, a successful social media influencer who is living the dream until she meets her teenage ex-best friend, Emma (Barlow).

After reconnecting, Emma invites Cecilia to her bachelorette weekend at a remote cabin in the mountains, where Alex (Emily de Margheriti) – the girl who came between their friendship – proceeds to make Cecilia’s weekend getaway. a living hell.

Also starring are Daniel Monks, Yerin Ha, Lucy Barrett, Shaun Martindale, Amelia Lule, April Blasdall and Camille Cumpston.

Sissy is produced by Lisa Shaunessy and Bec Janek for Arcadia, John De Margheriti for DEMS Entertainment and Freedom Films’ Jason Taylor with executive producers Alexandra Burke, Vicki De Margheriti, William Day Frank, Barlow, Senes, Anna Dadic, Jacqueline Kerwick, Seth Larney , Mathieu Van De Velde and Clement Dunn.

The deal was brokered by XYZ Films, LevelK, and Arcadia on behalf of the filmmakers and Emily Gotto on behalf of Shudder.

Shudder Managing Director Craig Engler said, “Directors Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes’ screenplay crafted something special, a sleek and thoroughly modern horror-comedy with grit, fearlessly directed by Aisha Dee. We can’t wait for the public to meet sissy.”

Shaunessy described Shudder as the “perfect home” for Sissy.

“The team at Shudder is the best at bringing high horror to engaged audiences in major territories. As filmmakers, knowing sissy will be celebrated by genre-loving audiences like Shudder’s is a dream come true.

Arcadia is still planning a theatrical release of Sissy in Australia around Halloween, with Shudder taking P1 SVOD for ANZ.

In his review for the Alliance of Women Film JournalistsAlexandra Heller-Nicholas describes sissy as “proudly Australian without collapsing into Crocodile Dundee-esque self-parody.

“This manifests as much in the specific type of self-effacing, tongue-in-cheek comedy style as in more overt elements like accent and (as in the case of a rather unfortunate kangaroo) iconography,” she wrote. .

sissy is a fun and daring adventure into the playground of horror, using the codes and conventions of the genre to construct a hard-to-forget snapshot of the often shaky terrain of contemporary female identity.

In Slash Movie, Matt Donato wrote that Barlow and Senes chose “the most direct and extreme way possible to drive the point home, in a messy and brash way, but not without impact”.

“Aisha Dee captures the victims like fireflies and sums up all the disgusting things about social media princesses taking advantage of the very followers they claim to support – a frayed performance as Dee smiles like the devil,” he said. he declares.

Sarah Jane from the Austin Chronicle postulated that Barlow and Senes added “another in the bed notch of notable horror films from their bizarre, screwed up country”.

“There is a lot to be done for sissy. The cast is pretty awesome, led by Dee. She’s in almost every scene and boy, the camera loves her. It’s funny and… it’s very dark. There were a lot of laughs during the premiere and maybe some of them were kind of uncomfortable. There was enough violence, which is always a plus, and the sequels are excellent. Well done, Gore team.

Sissy is one of seven Australian projects to feature on SXSW’s lineup this year, the others being by Gracie Otto. seriously red in the narrative feature competition, Back to Back Theatre’s Shadow in the Visions section, Lachlan McLeod’s To cleanpremiered in the Feature Documentary Competition, Ryan Griffin’s VR luster in the XR Experience competition, Danny Cohen’s Anonymous Club and VR documentary Gondwana.

SXSW continues both in person in Austin, Texas and online through March 20.

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