Country of Origin
SXSW Midnighter opening film (World Premiere)
Kane Senes & Hannah Barlow
Hannah Barlow & Kane Senes
Aisha Dee, Hannah Barlow, Emily De Margheriti, Yerin Ha
Arcadia, DEMS Entertainment, Freedom Films
Lisa Shaunessy, John De Margheriti, Jason Taylor, Bec Janek
Local Release Date
Fall 2022 by Arcadia
Kane Senes is an award-winning filmmaker from Sydney, Australia. His 2009 short film Forfeit of Grace led to a nomination for Best Young Australian Filmmaker at the Byron Bay International Film Festival. In 2010, with A Relative Stranger, Kane won Best Short Film at multiple film festivals. At 27 years old, Kane co-wrote, produced and directed his debut feature film, Echoes of War (2015), a Western-Thriller that won a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival before being distributed worldwide. Kane’s follow up feature, For Now, which he also co-starred in, was nominated for best picture in multiple film festivals and released worldwide in 2019. Sissy is Kane’s third feature.
“Sissy is a satirical nightmare directed at the self-victimizing child within all of us. With over 200k followers, our protagonist Cecilia has what we all want: influence. Cecilia’s talent for burying her sad, lonely, trauma-fuelled existence by positioning herself online as a ‘mental health advocate’ makes her cringingly relatable, because aren’t we all actively highlighting the best fragments of ourselves to cancel out our worst? The social-media obsessed culture we’ve created welcomes the monsters hiding in our societal cracks to not only emerge, but reign supreme… encouraging the beasts in all of us to wake in response. In the real-world we might not pummel our enemies to death with a rose quartz crystal, but the comment section of any blue-tick-verified thread certainly proves our increasing desire to.”
Hannah Barlow is an actor, filmmaker and visual artist from Sydney, Australia. After graduating from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art, Hannah was selected as a finalist for the Heath Ledger Scholarship. After relocating to Los Angeles, she starred in Warner Bros’ anthology series Two Sentence Horror Stories. Her episode, ‘Guilt Trip’, featured at the LA Film Festival. Hannah was cast as the lead role in Evan Cooper’s multi award-winning horror short, The Armoire. For Now, Hannah’s first feature film as writer/director, was nominated for best picture at multiple film festivals and received worldwide distribution in 2019. Sissy is Hannah’s sophomore feature.
Aisha Dee has quickly established herself as one of the fresh new faces of Hollywood. Developing an impressive resume of diverse and memorable television and film roles, the Australian actress and singer/songwriter has captivated vast global audiences accruing a substantial fan following. Dee starred on Freeform’s comedy-drama television series The Bold Type. She will soon be seen as one of the Netflix film Plus/Minus leads alongside Lili Reinhart.
Emily De Margheriti is an Australian actress and a co-founder of her production company DEMS Entertainment, who are developing a number of projects. After graduating from the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Emily has been featured in numerous projects including I Hate Kids opposite Tom Everett Scott and Tituss Burgess as well as the acclaimed dramedy Ladies In Black from director Bruce Beresford.
Hannah Barlow is an actor, filmmaker and visual artist from Sydney, Australia. After graduating from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art, Barlow was selected as a finalist for the Heath Ledger Scholarship. After relocating to Los Angeles, she starred in Warner Bros’ anthology series Two Sentence Horror Stories. Her episode, ‘Guilt Trip’, featured at the LA Film Festival. Hannah was cast as the lead role in Evan Cooper’s multi award-winning horror short, The Armoire.
Yerin Ha was born and raised in Sydney to South Korean parents. At 15, Ha was accepted into the Kaywon Performing Arts High School in Seoul, South Korea, where she trained intensively for three years. In 2016 Yerin was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). In 2018 Yerin made her TV debut playing the role of Techie Jane in the US series Reef Break. In 2019 Ha was cast in the lead role of Kwan Ha in the highly anticipated new series Halo which is set for worldwide release in 2022.
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