Pin Cushion

Deborah Haywood

United Kingdom201782 MinEnglish

Subtitles: FR, DE, ES, PL, RO, UA, PT, IT, HU

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A quiet and weird story, beautifully executed by Haywood.

- Little White Lies -

Pin Cushion

Super close Mother Lyn and daughter Iona are excited for their new life in a new town. Determined to make a success of things after a tricky start, Iona becomes ‘best friends’ with Keely, Stacey and Chelsea. Used to being Iona’s bestie herself, Lyn feels left out. So Lyn also makes friends with Belinda, her neighbour. As much as Lyn and Iona pretend to each other that things are going great, things aren’t going great for either of them. Iona struggles with the girls, who act more like frenemies than friends, and Belinda won’t give Lyn her stepladders back. Both mother and daughter retreat into fantasy and lies.

Venice Critics' Week

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Supported by Media Creative Europe

  • Starring:  Joanna Scanlan, Lily Newmark, Chanel Cresswell, Bruce Jones, Isy Suttle, Nadine Coyle
  • Production:  Quark Films
  • International Sales:  Stray Dogs

A nightmarish vision of adolescence, mother-daughter relationships, and a fierce social satire.

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Deborah Haywood

Deborah Haywood was born in the UK, in Swadlincote, a small (now ex) mining town in The Midlands. This is where PIN CUSHION, and all of her films so far have been set. Following Deborah’s first short film LADY MARGARET, Deborah was selected for Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2007. Since then she has made several more short films, has been nominated for a BIFA, and won awards including Best Short Film at Soho Rushes Short Film Festival.

It felt right to shoot at my old school because I had such an awful time there. Before the film I used to close my eyes when I would drive past there, now when I drive past I have great memories of making a film there.