Reclaim the Frame: Pin Cushion at HOMETom Grieve, Cinema Editor
British writer-director Deborah Haywood’s debut feature Pin Cushion arrives at HOME this month with the support of Birds Eye View’s Reclaim the Frame campaign to promote work by female filmmakers.
Praised as for its heart and fairy tale stylings, the film tells the story of teenaged Iona (Lily Newmark) and her eccentric single mother, Lyn (Joanna Scanlan) as they move to a new town in the midlands. Usually inseparable, there’s friction when Iona tries to reinvent herself as one of the popular girls at school and Lyn is left to attempt to befriend her new neighbour.
Haywood drew on her own formative experiences for inspiration, explaining her decision to shoot in her old school: “Before the film I used to close my eyes when I would drive past there, now when I drive past I have great memories of making a film there.”
The Friday 13th July screening will be accompanied by a post-screening discussion with actors Joanna Scanlan and Bruce Jones, critic and screenwriter Kate Muir, Prof Kathryn Abel (Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Manchester), Mia Bays and Jo Duncombe of Birds’ Eye View.
In turn, fans of the film can stick around after the discussion for a free pin cushion making workshop by local crafter Mandy Beck-McKin.