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Subtitles available in: English, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, Brazilian Portuguese and Italian.

Cited in the B.F.I. / Sight and Sound Best Video Essays of 2022 poll

Winner, Sayam Sayong Award, Terrifying Thai Festival, Thailand, 2024

Winner, Fantastic Women Showcase, Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantástico, Brazil, 2023

Winner, Best Documentary, Bloodstained Film Festival, Japan, 2023

Winner, Best Film (<10 mins), Wench Film Festival, India, 2023

Winner, Best Documentary Short, GenreBlast, USA, 2023

Winner, Jury Award, Insólito: Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico, Peru, 2023

Winner, Best Documentary, Crash: Mostra Internacional de Cinema Fantástico, Brazil, 2023

Winner, Staff Choice Best Short Film of 2023, Visioni Notturne, Italy, 2023

Winner, Best Documentary, Galacticat Festival De Cinema Fantàstic, Spain, 2023

Highly Commended, Delta Film Award, Festival of Fantastic Films, UK, 2023

Nominated for Best Writing Award and Best "We Are the Weirdos, Mister" Award, Renegade Film Festival, USA, 2023

To be published in [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, Summer 2024

This essay film examines the representation of knitters and knitting, in over sixty horror films made by women, from the 1920s - 2020s, across South America, Europe, North America and East Asia.

In this film I ask, what happens when the woman knits in a horror film? What might the representation of knitting tell us about social and cultural expectations around gender, genre and age? I then draw on the potential for videographic work to disrupt stereotyped representations of aging women across over a century of horror cinema.


  • 'Complex Problems' class, the American University of Washington DC, USA, November 2022

  • Videography: Art and Academia. Epistemological, Political and Pedagogical Potentials of Audiovisual Practice symposium, Hannover, Germany, November 2022

  • El Festival Internacional de Cine Terror de Valparaíso, Chile, December 2022, Latin American Premiere

  • Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, Germany, February 2023, European Premiere

  • Kill Valentine Film Festival, Paris, France, February 2023

  • Renegade Film Festival, Marietta, Georgia, USA, March 2023, North American Premiere

  • Wench Film Festival, Mumbai, India, March 2023, South Asian Premiere

  • Practice Research Symposium, University of Leeds, UK, March 2023

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Denver, USA, April 2023

  • Salem Horror Fest, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, April 2023

  • Galacticat Festival De Cinema Fantàstic, Tarrega, Spain, June 2023

  • Visioni Notturne, Prato, Italy, June 2023

  • Marienbad Film Festival, Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic, July 2023

  • Macabro: Mexico City International Horror Film Festival, Mexico, August 2023

  • Bali International Short Film Festival, Indonesia, South-East Asian Premiere, September 2023

  • Festival international du court-métrage, Clermont-Ferrand, France, September 2023

  • GenreBlast, Winchester, VA, USA, September 2023

  • Women X Film Festival, UK, September 2023

  • Ax Wound Film Festival, Boston, USA, September 2023

  • Festival Internazionale di Cinema e Cultura del Fantastico, Turin, Italy, October 2023

  • Africa International Horror Film Festiva, Lagos, Nigeria, October 2023, African Premiere

  • Festival of Fantastic Fims, Manchester, UK, October 2023

  • 'Creative Projects in Film History' class, Pace University, New York, USA, October 2023

  • South African Horror Fest, Cape Town, South Africa, November 2023

  • CineToro Experimental Film Festival, Toro, Colombia, November 2023

  • Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei, Barcelona, Spain, November 2023

  • Insólito: Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico, Lima, Peru, November 2023

  • Abertoir Horror Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales, November 2023

  • Cinefantasy: Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantástico, São Paulo, Brazil, December 2023

  • Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Horror Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2023

  • Bloodstained Indie Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan, December 2023

  • Crash: Mostra Internacional de Cinema Fantástico, Goiânia, Brazil, December 2023

  • Interface Video Art Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, December 2023

  • Terrifying Thai Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2024

  • Panama Horror Film Fest, Panama City, Panama, April 2024

Soundtrack available on bandcamp


Written, Directed & Edited by Alison Peirse

Narrated by Tanya Vital
Original Soundtrack by _HEAVYLEG

Artwork by _HEAVYLEG

Spanish Subtitles by Valeria Villegas Lindvall
Bahasa Indonesian Subtitles by Sevita Amanda

Italian Subtitles by Matteo Pennacchia

Brazilian Portuguese Subtitles by Carlos Primati
Knitting Consultation by Helen Hands


With thanks to: Tami Anderson, Bria Baker, Kevin Boyle, Joel Burges, David Church, Lynne Cornwall, Rachel Dumas, Lucy Fife Donaldson, Carolyn Gerk, Michelle Glatt, Alex Hall, Lauren Hart, Erin Harrington, Andy Higgs, Christian Keathley, Colleen Laird, Dayna McLeod, Eli Lewy, Donna McRae, Jeff Middents, Julie Nicholson, Rai Powell, Cliodhna Quigley, Amber T, Jamie Sexton, Lindsey Vigurs, Valeria Villegas Lindvall, Gareth Williams and Johanna Wilson

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