"You have no control over your mind and body anymore", a midwife says as she gently taps Ruth’s heavily pregnant belly. “This one does.” In moody Ruth’s case, this is literally true. Her unborn baby talks to her. She wants Ruth to cut as many people’s throats as possible, starting with annoying, clumsy, egocentric men.
British actress and screenwriter Alice Lowe is known for the grim comedy Sightseers (IFFR 2013), directed by Ben Wheatley. Her directorial debut Prevenge – which premiered at the Venice film festival – is just as full of black humour. Lowe came up with the story while she was pregnant, playing the lead role. The result is a unique vision of the horrors of pregnancy ("a hostile takeover", according to Ruth) and visits to the midwife. She takes sardonic pleasure in wiping the floor with rose-tinted myths and breathes new life into the term ‘raging hormones’.Prefer to watch the film online? Check live.IFFR.com.

Filmmaker
Alice Lowe
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
88’
Language
English
Producer
Vaughan Sivell, Jennifer Handorf, Will Kane
Production Company
Western Edge Pictures
Sales
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution
Writer
Alice Lowe
Cinematography
Ryan Eddleston
Editor
Matteo Bini
Production Design
Blair Barnette
Sound Design
Martin Pavey
Music
Pablo Clements, James Griffith
Cast
Alice Lowe, Jo Hartley, Kate Dickie, Gemma Whelan, Dan Renton Skinner