Dir. Alice Maio Mackay | Australia | 2023 | 74 mins
Sophie (Lauren Last), a young trans filmmaker, is struggling to get by. Balancing a minimum-wage job with a low-budget film shoot is hard enough, but Sophie and her friends must also contend with the rising number of alt-right groups who are targeting their community. To make matters exponentially worse, an earthquake has struck the town, unleashing an ancient worm-like parasite which spreads rapidly through weak-minded, vulnerable and gullible men, amplifying their hatred and aggression. After a first date gone awry and a commiserative evening of partying with her flatmate, Sophie awakes from a violent dream to discover that she can sense the presence of those infected by the worms. Armed with this newfound power and the help of her friends, Sophie must battle to defeat the parasite and its army of violent hosts, to take back her town - and her community - by any means necessary.
A vibrant and inspiring piece of indie genre filmmaking, T BLOCKERS is the third feature film from eighteen-year-old director Alice Maio Mackay. Blazing with personality and sci-fi B-movie chaos – complete with parasitic aliens and a decent helping of goo – the film utilises genre elements as powerful metaphors for transphobia, societal ignorance, and bigotry. The horror is layered with stark, emotional reminders of what is at stake in the present day, such as an on-screen discussion of a law which will classify support for trans kids as child abuse. A fiercely passionate fusion of gross-out comedy horror, heartfelt storytelling and social commentary, underpinned by a ferocious, life-affirming rage; a demand to be heard, to be seen, and to fight back.
Screening with NIGHT OF THE BRIDE + YOU’RE NOT HOME + NIAN
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