Feminist film collective, The Final Girls return to screens this month with an updated collection of shorts delivered under the banner ‘We Are the Weirdos’. With events scheduled from London to Glasgow, the collection will tour the UK, with our local screening hosted by Grimmfest at Stockport Plaza. Building upon last year’s successful pilot, the showcase is designed to highlight emerging female voices in genre cinema and fans can expect a mix of tones, with a tantalising promise of films that delve into the deepest corners of human experience.
“We are thrilled to return to UK cinemas with the second edition of We Are The Weirdos” says The Final Girls co-director Olivia Howe. “Building upon the success of our 2017 pilot, this year’s programme that not only celebrates the breadth and diversity of genre cinema, but champions what we believe are nine of the most exciting voices emerging in genre filmmaking. From animation, to slashers, to dark comedy, these films represent what horror cinema is capable of.”
“We Are The Weirdos is at the core of what we want The Final Girls to be about: a platform which can nurture, champion and spotlight female talent at the centre of the horror genre.” adds co-director Anna Bogutskaya. The programme itself is sourced from talent all over the world, with the international line up including Finnish director Hanna Bergholm’s Puppet Master and Lee Kyoung’s South Korean film The Lady from 406.
This is its second iteration but the intention is that We Are The Weirdos continues as an annual event, functioning as a respected beacon for women working in an industry that we know is historically quick to exclude them. The Plaza should make a fitting venue too, with its long history and art deco design providing an atmospheric setting for the menace and mystery emanating from the screen.