Chained for Life

Director: Aaron Schimberg 2018 91 Minutes Ages 15+
Chained for Life Fri 04 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 06:30pm 91mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Chained for Life Sat 12 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 03:30pm 91mins Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo

An actor struggles to connect with her co-star during the filming of a horror movie in this off-kilter satire probing normative ideas of desirability on screen.

Rosenthal (Adam Pearson, Under the Skin 2013) and Mabel (Jess Weixler) meet on the set of a European auteur’s first English language movie. This film-within-a-film of patients turning on their mad doctor sets up a pitch-black  meta-commentary on cinema’s idolisation of beauty and representation of disability on screen.

Part Tod Browning’s Freaks 1932 and part the behind-the-scenes melodrama of R.W. Fassbinder’s Beware of a Holy Whore 1971, writer/director Aaron Schimberg’s deeply layered and engaging feature exudes a sense of playfulness –right down to Herr Director’s (Charlie Korsmo) Werner Herzog impersonation.


Classification:Ages 15+
Director:Aaron Schimberg
Producer:Vanessa McDonnell, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Matthew Petock, Dan Schoenbrun, Zachary Shedd
Cast:Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Stephen Plunkett
Script:Aaron Schimberg
Program strand:Features
Rights:Reel Suspects