Iona and her mother are new in town and excited about starting a new chapter in their lives, but things don’t go as they hoped in this off-kilter, heart-wrenching film about two generations of outcasts.

The film is esoteric and self-aware with regards to these genre touchstones. Carrie was a direct influence and there are nods to Heavenly Creatures and The Virgin Suicides in Pin Cushion’s pale yet bright colour palette of pinks and creams.

Super close Mother Lyn (Joanna Scanlan) and daughter Iona (Lily Newmark) (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 neighbor. 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.

Deborah Haywood

Following her first short Deborah was selected for Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, 2007. She is BIFA nominated and has won several awards including Best Short at Soho Rushes Short Film Festival with her short film Sis.

Deborah is working on several feature scripts, with producer Gavin Humphries, Creative England, and the BFI. She is also co-writing and attached to direct the adaptation of prize-winning novel The Killing Jar, with author Nicola Mona. Pin Cushion premiered as the opening film of Venice Critics’ Week.

 

Maggie Cronin

Maggie is an award winning actress, writer and director. Her film credits include The Shore (Oscar winner: ‘Short Film Live Action Category’ for 2012); To Lose Control; Whole Lotta Sole; Shooting For Socrates, High Rise and Zoo. Recent TV includes My Mother And Other Strangers (BBC1) and The Frankenstein Chronicles. (ITV)

Her writing includes: A Most Notorious Woman, (Stewart Parker Trust/ BBC Radio Drama Award) and Greenstick Boy. Other writing includes the full length plays: Kitty Gulliver and Shrieking Sisters (co – written with Carol Moore). She has directed a number of stage plays including: Hang In There for Outburst Festival Belfast. In 2016 she was the community cast director for 1932: The People Of Gallagher Street (written by Martin Lynch and Gary Mitchell) which premiered at The Mac, Belfast.

 

Reviews

Achingly fragile and genuinely, preciously peculiar, British writer-director Deborah Haywood’s first feature “Pin Cushion” ambitiously examines the psychological damage wrought by bullying at all ages, admitting the painful truth that for some of those mean girls and their beleaguered victims, growing older does not mean growing up.