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Bizarro World Cinema 1: KITCHEN SINK (1989), directed by Alison Maclean

Since the late 80’s Alison Maclean, a Canadian born director (raised in New Zealand), has been making short films, music videos, commercials, and tv shows. She also has two feature films under her belt – Crush (1992) and the fantastic Jesus’ Son (1999).

Kitchen Sink (13 min) was her first short film and debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989 where it was nominated for the Golden Palm award. It later went on to win eight international awards.

This little gem has been described as a surrealist suburban nightmare and it’s one of the most disturbing and effective shorts I’ve had the pleasure to watch.

The story is a simple one, a lonely woman is scrubbing out her filthy kitchen sink and encounters the familiar situation of what seems like a strand of hair stuck in the drain. She begins pulling, and pulling and pulling…

What eventually surfaces will probably make your dreams tonight a lot more interesting. A brilliant short film that combines the unsettling vibe of Eraserhead with a healthy dose of some Cronenberg style body horror.


A must see for lovers of bizarro cinema.

-Billy Hysteria

  Melbourne, Australia

3 responses

  1. Damn right that’s how babies should be made…That was great, so is Jesus’ Son. Did you notice the prohibition policeman from Boardwalk Empire is in it?

    June 5, 2012 at 2:54 am

  2. Glad you liked it! I saw Jesus’ Son way back when it was released and absolutely loved it, Jack Black’s finest moment. I’m now really interested in tracking down her other film -Crush. I sadly have not see Boardwalk Empire but have heard it’s pretty great, I’ll have to put it on my ever growing ‘to watch’ list.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:31 am

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