If there’s anyone who fits the multi-hyphenate brief, it’s Briony Kidd.
Briony’s a Hobart-based filmmaker who wrote and directed the 2011 short The Room at the Top of the Stairs, which screened around the world at festivals and can be viewed on the Shudder platform. She’s currently in development on a feature film inspired by the “psycho-biddy” films of the 1960s, which is supported by Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania
She has reviewed films for the Jakarta Post, and written articles about cinema and social issues for The Guardian, The Mercury, and SBS Movies, and has recently been appointed to the board of the newly-formed national Women in Film an Television Australia.
Briony is well-known as the co-founder of Stranger With My Face, a popular festival showcasing and celebrating women genre directors, named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the world’s 15 Bloody Best Genre Fests.
But, as tends to be the case with all of our guests, all of that pales in comparison to her next role: Hell Is For Hyphenates guest host!
So which filmmaker has she chosen to talk about on the show?
None other than Park Chan-wook!
Park is perhaps South Korea’s most renowned working filmmaker. It was his fourth film, 2002’s Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, that brought him to international attention, and follow-up, 2003’s Oldboy, certified him as a must-see filmmaker.
Although he’s best known for his vengeance trilogy – which began with the aforementioned films and concluded with 2005’s Lady Vengeance – Park has not been afraid to dip his feet into a variety of genres. He’s made a political thriller in 2000’s Joint Security Area, a romantic comedy in 2006’s brilliantly-titled I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK, a religious vampire fantasy in 2009’s Thirst, and in his first English-language film, a family melodrama in 2013’s Stoker.
Most recently, he made the acclaimed drama The Handmaiden (2016), and has directed all six episodes of the John le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl, which is currently airing on networks around the world.
But what is it about Park’s style that so appeals to Briony?
Join us on November 30 when we find out!