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Pin Cushion (2018)



Critic Consensus: Pin Cushion explores the prickly dynamics of mother-daughter relationships and female friendships, led by striking work from leads Lily Newmark and Joanna Scanlan.

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Super close Mother LYN and daughter IONA (Dafty One and Dafty Two) 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.

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Pamela DeAbreu
as Friendship Group Member
Lee Jacob
as Jordan
Phil Tillott
as Psychic Audience Member
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Writer-director Deborah Haywood makes her feature directorial debut with the surreal and whimsical mother-daughter nightmare Pin Cushion, driven by a singular vision and masterful control of a unique tone, which tiptoes the line of beauty and terror.

July 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Haywood's formidable first feature is at once a ruthless dissection of cruelty, capturing the relentless torment of outcasts for the pleasure of self-styled superiors, and a warm evocation of an interdependent mother-daughter bond.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Haywood digs into her own teenage memories and unearths something eccentric, tragic and utterly unclassifiable.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not always an easy watch but it's a sensitive, assured film with characters you'll warm to and root for.

July 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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At its core, this is a story about bullying and mental illness and being disconnected from reality.

October 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Taking a very dark turn late in the second act, Pin Cushion's eccentric craft-fair aesthetic is ultimately protective cushioning wrapped around a broken heart.

September 28, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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