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

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

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

Special Mention, Asia South-East Short Film Festival, Cambodia, 2023

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, World 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

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

Soundtrack available on bandcamp


Written, Directed & Edited by Alison Peirse

Narrated by Tanya Vital
Original Soundtrack by _HEAVYLEG

Artwork by _HEAVYLEG
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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