Peter Strickland's (Berberian Sound Studio, Duke of Burgundy) latest is a sensuous and surreal story about a piece of killer couture: a cursed red dress that perfectly fits whoever buys it.
Set in dreary Thames-Valley-on-Thames (ha), it is the story of a stately department store and a haunted crimson dress, first bought by newly divorced Sheila (the brilliant Marianne Jean-Baptiste). Initially delighted at her bargain, she soon discovers the dress has unleashed an unspeakable evil, whilst the strange shopfloor staff perform disturbing, coven-esque rituals after hours...
Darkly, absurdly funny (Julian Barratt and Steve Oram as a pair of bureaucrats are a particular favourite), this retro nod to B-movie Italian giallo horror is a stylish blend of colours, sound and textures and a knowing critique of consumerist culture. Try it on for size – trust us.
Please note: This event is being recorded.
Director Peter Strickland joins us for a Q&A after the film. In Fabric opens on Fri 28 June.