Horror film directors Jennifer Lynch, centre left, of the US, and Penny Vozniak, of Sydney, were special guests at the Stranger With My Face horror movie festival opening last night at the Peacock Theatre. Picture: LUKE BOWDEN
THE Stranger With My Face horror film festival began with a scream last night, with guests walking the red carpet outside the Peacock Theatre in Hobart's Salamanca Place.
The four-day festival's first event featured the screening and judging of entries in this year's 48-Hour Tasploitation Challenge, a series of short horror films with a Tasmanian twist.
This year's special guest is filmmaker Jennifer Lynch, daughter of surrealist filmmaker David Lynch, and director of the psychological thrillers Chained and Surveillance, both of which are screening as part of the festival.
Other guest judges included horror filmmaker Ursula Dabrowsky, Abi Binning from Wide Angle Tasmania, Ben Hellwig from Monster Pictures, Andrew McPhail from Screen Tasmania and MONA's Kirsha Kaechele.
The festival, focusing on female horror filmmakers, continues tonight with Despite the Gods, the story of Jennifer Lynch's struggles to make her movie Hisss in India.
Other events include screenings of Surveillance at MONA, a screening of Chained at the Peacock Theatre followed by a Q&A with Jennifer Lynch tomorrow night, and a monster make-up master class with special-effects artist Steve Boyle tomorrow afternoon.
The festival ends on Sunday.