Aussie Social Media Horror Film Sissy Makes Sydney Film Festival Debut – City Hub Sydney
In today’s society, social media influencers have become an important part of our culture. For these people, the number of followers, likes, shares and viewers are hot commodities and potential big business. It’s no surprise, then, that horror films, which have always done a great job of satirizing the worst parts of society, have begun to delve into influencer culture as a source of horror and thrills. strong.
Upcoming Australian Movie, sissy, does just that by following Cecilia (Aisha Dee), better known as Sissy to her followers. During sissy, Cecilia is invited to a weekend between hens for her childhood friend. During this weekend, Cecilia will also be forced to spend time with her childhood bully Alex (Emily De Margheriti). This unlikely gathering of individuals will see Cecilia’s true character begin to reveal itself to the world.
During a recent episode of The commentary booth Emily De Margheriti spoke with city hub editor Jamie Apps about the film. During the chat, the couple talked about the dark side of social media, the inspirations behind the film and the cast and crew’s excitement for the film to make its Australian debut at the Sydney Film Festival.
The dark side of social media explored
According to Emily, her interest in the film was piqued when she received the script in early 2020. In particular, the film’s exploration of social media appealed to Emily, “the whole concept of social media, especially Instagram , and how the film explored that was so compelling. I find social networks and their negative aspects very interesting.
Through sissy Instagram plays a major role in Cecilia’s social media influencer empire. For Emily, this particular platform is rather concerning, especially when it comes to the phenomenon of influencers.
“With social media, we all show perspective. Right now you see a perspective of my little box but you don’t know what’s going on outside. With social media and more specifically Instagram, you always put pictures of the best version of yourself. Nobody will ever post a picture of a negative thing in their life or a place where they don’t look good. So it can create body dysmorphia in some way, thankfully there is now more conversation about this concept.
Emily hopes that through sissy this conversation will become stronger and more widespread.
Real inspirations behind ‘Sissy’
As the conversation continued on the podcast, Emily talked about the real-life inspiration behind the script.
“In the creative process, I remember [the writers & directors] Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes talk about Belle Gibson, who faked cancer and then sold cancer cures online,” Emily recalled. “They were very influenced by Belle in particular because she was someone who really used social media for not good reasons because she prayed over the weak in a way.”
In preparation for her role in the film, Emily had to do significant research and preparation, as she is not personally a fan of horror films.
“It was interesting because I don’t watch horror movies… I feel like acting in them is a lot of fun but watching them is terrifying, my imagination is running wild. So I got by a lot, but I had to look at a list that the directors gave me, which was a little painful.
All of this research from each cast member paid off as they created a film filled with realism behind the characters and themes. The character dynamic between the leading ladies of the film in particular is so true to life.
“When you watch this movie, you don’t know who the antagonist is or who the protagonist is. I would like to say that it’s open to interpretation as to which side you’re on. Just like life, this story is not black and white,” Emily said. “As Alex, I feel like I was right, but I liked that there were three strong women in the movie . As the film is about a group of women, it’s more realistic when things are a bit confusing because everyone has their own opinion on things.
Sydney Film Festival debut
Waiting for the Sydney Film Festival Emily said the cast and crew were all very excited and “can’t wait for everyone in Australia to see the film”.