Dir. Alice Lowe, 2016, UK, 87 min, Cert: 15
Fri 10 May // 19:30 / Cinema
Prevenge (Alice Lowe, 2016) follows the heavily pregnant Ruth as she goes on a killing spree to avenge the death of her fiancée—obeying the voice of the foetus she's carrying. This pitch-black comedy was a directorial debut for Lowe, who had previously written the screenplay for Sightseers (2012) and acted in numerous feature films and television series. (Lowe, who was pregnant while filming, plays the lead role in Prevenge as well.) Exploring the dark corners of Ruth’s psyche, the isolation of pregnancy, the fears of her impending motherhood, and the depths of her rage, Prevenge is a modern horror classic and a complex commentary on the role of pregnancy and motherhood for women in contemporary society.
Dr. Alison Peirse, editor of the forthcoming collection Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre, will introduce the film and provide an overview of Alice Lowe's previous work as a filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. A post-film discussion will also dig deeper into the broader themes of Prevenge; other 'maternal horror' films; and the ever-growing presence of women working in the horror film industry.
This film is part of the Revealing Women series, a diverse, collectively organised programme of seven events exploring women's histories - and the representation of women - in comedy and horror, through political and social documentaries, in experimental forms, and within debates around science and technology. To buy a festival pass for all events (£25), please go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/647755.
Revealing Women is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Women’s Histories, a programme of screen heritage activities celebrating social change and cultural transformation on and through film.