Hen Overview

Hen is an atmospheric exploration of the brutal intricacies of the relationships between women. Drawing influence from Irish pagan mythology and studies of mass hysteria, it follows a group of women over the course of one night, when innocent bridal party games and group dynamics take a step too far.

 

ETHOS

 

The plot and dynamics between the women will be explored through visual composition rather than relying on expositional dialogue. The practices core to the creation of this film will be exploring the script through improvisation and  workshopping the central relationships of the characters. The camera observes the actors - finding something naturalistic and entirely non performative in the process.

 
 Chelsea Debo

Chelsea Debo

ACTORS

 
 Toni O'Rourke

Toni O'Rourke

 
 Nessa Matthews

Nessa Matthews

 
 Alicia Gerrard

Alicia Gerrard

 
 Karen Killeen

Karen Killeen

 
 

CREW

 

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

 Janna Kemperman

Janna Kemperman

WRITER

 Lauren Shannon Jones

Lauren Shannon Jones

 

CREW

JJ Sullivan

Aidan Gault

Dylan Knapp

Gregory Burrows

Kevin Freeney

Daire Legaspi 

Julia Kemperman

 

D.O.P

 Michael Gilbert

Michael Gilbert

EQUIPMENT LIST

 

 
 
 
 
 

LOCATION

 

The location should be isolated from the rest of the world creating a microcosm . It should appear in sharp contrast to the the soft lighting and the feminine body.

The Sligo location would be the perfect location for this film as it offers us the ability to shoot from the outside in, to use reflections to our advantage and to truely capture the atmosphere and tone intended for this film. 

 
 Sligo Location

Sligo Location

 
 Sligo

Sligo

IMPACT

 
 Visual Inspiration

Visual Inspiration

What we are trying to achieve with Hen is to increase the visibility of women in the genre of thriller/horror and explore the feminine principle in the horror genre from a different perspective.

Women filmmakers are finding a voice in horror, and it’s a specific one. Films like Jennifer Kent’s ‘The Babadook’, Karyn Kusama's ‘The Invitation’ and ‘XX’ (Roxanne Benjamin, St Vincent, Sofia Carrillo etc) have demonstrated the propensity of the female gaze to process the genre. We want to explore this too. Horror is a culturally significant way to organise the chaos of the world and interact with it in a controlled way.

 
 

INSPIRATION

 
 

Artemisia Gentileschi

 Lighting

Lighting

 Tone

Tone

 

Andrei Tarkovsky

 Composition

Composition

Serge Leblon

 Lens

Lens

 

Scene- o - matic

 

Let's Talk about Kevin

 Mood/ Feel

Mood/ Feel

Gregory Crewdson

 Lighting

Lighting

 
 

IMAGES