Festival selection – Dearest Sister

Dearest Sister will celebrate its Argentine premiere at the Rojo Sangre Film Festival in Buenos Aires!

The Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre (BARS) is an international film festival devoted to the genres of horror, science fiction and fantasy. Created in the year 2000, it aims to focus on independent genre films and in 2004, it became a competitive festival.


Dearest Sister @ Sheffield

Director Mattie Do and Producer Annick Mahnert were in Sheffield last week at the Celluloid Screams Film Festival, where they introduced Dearest Sister. At the end of the show, they held a small quiz for the audience and the winners received a numbered and signed special edition of the poster designed by Mondo’s Jay Shaw.


Dearest Sister finds distro in UK !

SHUDDER, a new streaming service that can essentially be described as a Netflix for fright-seekers, has acquired the UK rights to Dearest Sister. Launching today in the UK and Ireland, the platform offers over 200 hand-picked movies and TV shows (many of which are unavailable to stream elsewhere) that promise to serve “both the casual and hardcore fan of horror and suspense-filled entertainment.”

Curating the extensive SHUDDER library are scary movie veterans Colin Geddes and Sam Zimmerman, programmer of the Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section and former editor of horror flick magazine Fangoria respectively. Their selections are divided into comprehensive categories so you can easily find “what you’re hunting for” (in the words of the SHUDDER search bar) and range from early favourites like 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein and cult classics like George A.Romero’s Night of the Living Dead through modern masterpieces such as Swedish horror-romance Let the Right One In. Add to the mix a treasure trove of lesser-known gems and numerous offerings from the genre’s rising stars and it’s looking likely we may never sleep again (or not without checking under the bed first.)

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Interview – Dearest Sister

Check out Mattie Do’s INTERVIEW by Anton Bitel for VODzilla, UK’s first video-on-demand magazine, where she discusses Laos’ film industry.

Born in Los Angeles to Lao immigrant parents, Mattie Do moved to Vientiane in 2010, and has since become a key player in the country’s emerging film industry. Her feature debut, the low-budget Chanthaly (2013), was the first horror film to be written and directed entirely in Laos, and the first to screen at festivals abroad.

Her second feature, Dearest Sister (Nong Hak), also a horror film, has been snapped up by horror subscription streaming service Shudder as an exclusive launch title. We caught up with her at the London Film Festival, where Dearest Sister was screening, to chat Laos’ class structures and cinema culture, plus what it’s like to be a nation’s only female director…

Review – Dearest Sister

“What stood out to me was not the turn towards anger and murder, but rather the ways in which the film highlighted some intensely complicated issues without descending into a “message film.” Rather, Dearest Sister found dramatic use for a variety of overlapping identities and oppressions, working in various ways in the context it found itself.”