"Jennifer’s Bodies is a roving annual festival of female-helmed horror movies and part of Women In Horror Recognition Month, an international assortment of affiliated events organised partly to highlight just how much women can and do contribute to the genre outwith the typically accepted factors of tits, ass and mezzosoprano screaming." Starburst Magazine

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Jennifer's Bodies 2017 - Women in Horror Panel Lineup.

Jessica Bowman - Director of Rabbits Take Revenge 

Jessica, Jessica, Jessica.  My love.  My darling.  My wife!  Haha.  Jess and I have worked together on a number of projects with boys, but it is Jess's directorial debut I am MOST excited for!  Rabbits Take (mother fucking) Revenge!!!!!  Jess has worked with me on horror, dystopian future and fantasy films.  Her total bunny rights flick though that she is soon to be shooting....it melts my little heart!  She is an awesome, awesome chickaroo and I am glad that people are digging her script so far.  :)

Rabbits Take Revenge is a film after my own heart, I am a total animal rights activist, anti-vivisection and pro-women in film.  It makes me so happy that special effects/makeup artist Samantha Jack, who is working on the film, has transferred to a cruelty-free makeup as well after realising how many big brands that are makeup staples, are also cruel and evil.  Sam has even turned down work due to people demanding animal-tested makeup.  Yup....that's how rad these girls are!!  Rabbits Take Revenge is a total girl-powered animal rights film and I am behind it 110%.  Jess is also seriously one of the closest people you can ever find to being soooooo like me!!!  Haha.  She ooozes Women in Horror and will make a great panelist!

Jessica will also be introducing Hayley McInline's Bridal Fever trailer, which she worked on.  Unfortunately, Hayley is heavily preggers and in total agony so will probably not be able to make it.  We can still hope though. :)  Be well Hayley! <3 

(Pictured above - Jess and I covered in our screen husband, Craig McGinlay's FAKE blood, haha!!)

Julie Robinson - Director of Were

I am so excited to be giving fellow Scot, Julie Robinson's Were, its world premiere at Jennifer's Bodies this year.  This busy mother of two has been a Lighting Console Operator and Vision Engineer at BBC Scotland since 2000 and runs her production company, Jumbled Up Productions, in her spare time.  With the BBC she has worked on everything from Mrs Brown's Boys to T in the Park, Harry Potter at the Castle, BAFTA Scotland awards to loads of other stuff including entertainment shows to sports.  

Were is Julie's first horror and third project with her company.  What I love most about Julie through her own personal stuff such as documentary Socks and Shoes Off, is that she is teaching young girls (and boys....all the way through to grannies!!) to be bad asses and learning how to protect themselves.  Were is most definitely a reflection on this.  I guess the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" is oh so apt here!

Julie will be on the Women in Horror Month panel and will also have cast and crew in attendance.  :)

Jo Osborne - Director of Requital

Jo, like Julie, is another awesome chick I have only met recently.  And through none other than Woman in Horror Month founder Hannah Neurotica, who had Jo over for the US premiere of Requital at her Ax Wound Festival.

Not only is Jo a filmmaker, but she also runs the Love Hurts Film Festival in Glasgow as well, which actually had its latest event last night, February 14th.  I can't wait to get Jo's input on being a woman in film, my beloved Hannah, and the joys of running a film festival as well.

Jo will be there to introduce Requital, as well as feature on the Women in Horror panel. :)

Ben Thompson - Director of Nutcracker

I first discovered Ben Thompson last year when he had submitted his film Nutcracker for funding from Film Industry Scotland.  His script was incredible and a total reflection on so many important topics at the forefront of modern western society today.  It is a darkly delicious take on a whole culture...a culture that needs to change!  Nutcracker is definitely a film most perfectly suited to Women in Horror Month, it is directed by a guy, but with a total feminist story, strong female lead and a lot of awesome chicks behind the scene....Ben is totally the kind of male director we love!

Ben is going to be joining us on the Women in Horror Month panel and also giving us a first look at the wicked trailer for Nutcracker as well.  Ben is also a film technician at Screen Academy Scotland.

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