In Fabric

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In Fabric

Peter Strickland
GB, 2018
Features, 118min, OF

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In Fabric

Peter Strickland
GB, 2018
Features, 118min, OF

Cast: 
Gwendoline Christie
Gwen
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Sheila
Hayley Squires
Babs
Leo Bill
Regg
Screenplay: 
Peter Strickland
Sound: 
Martin Pavey
Camera: 
Ari Wegner
Editor: 
Matyas Fekete
Composer: 
Cavern of Anti-Matter
Decoration: 
Paki Smith
Costume: 
Jo Thompson

Production: 
Rook Films
Head Gear Films
Metrol Technology
World Sales: 
Bankside Films
Format: 
DCP
Color

Fashion designer Bill Blass once famously declared: “When in doubt, wear red.” In his latest Giallo filled hocus-pocus ecstasy Peter Strickland contradicts the statement by following the ways of a highly doubtful red dress. The film works like a dressmaker’s wet nightmare or a a surprisingly funny variation on Robert Bresson’s L’ARGENT. A haunted and beautiful red dress possesses dark powers and endangers the life of everybody who wears it. The film follows the dress instead of the characters. From a hilariously perverted and uncanny department store to a striking sound design and hypnotic musical score by Cavern of Anti-Matter everything within Strickland’s perception re-awakens the ghosts of 1970’s Italian horror cinema. It is one of those films one would love to own every single prop of, including a book called “How to flirt with older women” by fictional writer Dr. Roderick de Vranick, even knowing that at least one of those objects would bring death. Yet, while drifting more and more into a pastiche abstraction between lipstick, blood and fingernail eroticism the film also talks about human insecurities in neoliberal Great Britain and finds a strong anchor in its anti-capitalist doubt. (Patrick Holzapfel)

In the presence of Peter Strickland.

Peter Strickland: KATALIN VARGA (2009), BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (2012), THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY (2014), THE FILM THAT BUYS THE CINEMA (2014), BJÖRK: BIOPHILIA LIVE (2014), THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL (Episode THE COBBLERS’ LOT) (2018)