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Directed by Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes
102 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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An SXSW success, this devilishly clever Aussie horror sees an influencer encounter her childhood tormentor on a hen’s weekend. Revenge is a dish best shared on Instagram.
Don’t call popular wellness advocate Cecilia “Sissy”. It’s an old nickname that triggers traumatic memories of school bully Alex, who drove a wedge between 12-year-old Cecilia and her bestie Emma. A decade later, Cecilia (a superb Aisha Dee) bumps into Emma, who invites Cecilia to her hen’s party at a remote bush property. What could go wrong at this happy reunion? Well, just about everything from the moment Cecilia comes face to face with Alex again and all revenge-fuelled hell breaks loose. Playing it fast, funny and gory, writer-director duo Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes subvert slasher film conventions while dishing up a scathing satire of influencer culture and approval addiction.


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A clever twist on the morality tales about the dangers of bullying, Sissy has a twisted sense of grisly humour, unleashing some impressively brutal practical effects.
Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
A gory good time.
Trace Thurman, Bloody Disgusting
There’s a lot going for Sissy. The cast is pretty great, led by Dee. She’s in nearly every scene and boy, the camera loves her.
Sarah Jane, Austin Chronicle

Films showing at this event:

Night Bus
Wed 8 June 8:30pm, Wed 15 June 8:45pm, Sun 12 June 8:15pm
Under a moonlit sky, a bus speeds along the coast when a panicky scream shatters the night silence.


Wed 8 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Sun 12 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Wed 15 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Thu 23 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Freak Me Out
Unclassified 18+
In English
Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes
Lisa Shaunessy, Bec Janek, John De Margheriti, Jason Taylor
Aisha Dee, Daniel Monks, Emily De Margheriti
Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes
Steve Arnold
Margi Hoy
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Australian Films, Focus on Women, Horror, Off-Beat, LGBTQIA+ Films, Back by Popular Demand
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Arcadia Films
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