Pin Cushion

Critics 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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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10)

  • 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.

    Jul 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.

    Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Haywood digs into her own teenage memories and unearths something eccentric, tragic and utterly unclassifiable.

    Jul 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.

    Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A quiet and weird story, beautifully executed by Haywood.

    Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While the mother-daughter relationship is touchingly played...the malevolence of their totally overegged and the finale is so bleak and garish that it derails the film completely.

    Jul 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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