A dark and twisted modern-day fairytale of a unique mother-daughter duo: two glittering misfits trying to make friends in a new town.
British writer-director Deborah Haywood’s first feature Pin Cushion tells the story of a unique mother-daughter duo: two glittering misfits who are knitted together in a relationship that is as kitsch and comforting as it is suffocating.
Together, Iona and her eccentric single mum Lyn move to a new town in the Midlands. Iona is determined to reinvent herself at school and quickly jumps through hoops to befriend the popular girls. Meanwhile, Lyn, used to being her daughter’s best friend, feels left out and attempts to woo their neighbour Belinda by lending her a ladder. But Belinda really isn’t interested in making new friends…
As the fragile veneer of forced friendship slips, both Lyn and Iona find themselves seeking fantastical and fabricated alternative realities. In her first feature, Haywood turns the coming of age story upside down with dark and unexpected twists. Worlds that glitter and twinkle on the outside often mask the saddest truths.
Introduced by Nicola Daley, Cinematographer.
Local Focus: Nicola Daley
Cinematographer Nicola Daley’s international upbringing allowed her to become an intuitive and emotive DP, leading to an award winning career.
Daley has earned numerous awards for her cinematography including the 2014 ACS NSW Gold Award, 2011 World of Women Festival Award for Best Cinematography, 2010 ACS NSW Gold Award and the 2009 FujiFilm Flickfest Award, among many others. In 2014, Daley was the eighth woman to be accredited into the Australian Society of Cinematographers.