Make Me Up 18+

Director  Rachel Maclean
United Kingdom | 88 mins (Make Me Up 85 mins) | 2018

Journey among women

Identity, gender, politics and technology are the themes of a visually dazzling essay about pressures faced by women of today. Created by acclaimed multimedia artist Rachel Maclean, Make Me Up follows Siri as she becomes trapped in a candy-coloured dreamhouse where female inmates are forced to undertake competitive tasks. This world is both seductive and dangerous; a place where surveillance, violence and submission are a normalised part of daily life. When Siri attempts to subvert the rules sinister truths come to light. With fierce intelligence and lacerating humour Maclean examines the quest for female freedom and asks provocative questions about the conspiracy to conform and submit. Make Me Up was commissioned to commemorate the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some, but not all, British women the right to vote. Maclean turned plenty of heads with her daring Brexit-Trump-Pinocchio-themed film at the International Art Exhibition of the 2017 Venice Biennale. She does it again here and is most certainly a filmmaker to watch.

Director Rachel Maclean | Producer John Archer, Angus Farqhuar | Screenwriter Rachel Maclean | cinematographer David Liddell | Editor Rachel Maclean | Composer Scott Twynholm | Cast Rachel Maclean, Christina Gordon, Colette Dalal Tchantcho