Indie Film review: Zebra Girl
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- Published on Friday, 28 May 2021 16:23
- Last Updated on 28 May 2021
- Monica Costa
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Looking back at my picture from the premiere, I realised I looked like a Zebra girl (giggles).
Zebra Girl is in cinemas from today 28 May 2021.
Catherine’s seemingly perfect rural life is turned upside down after she discovers her husband is hiding a dark secret that leads her to the unthinkable. Murder. Cue Anita, Catherine’s mysterious best friend who shows up to help dispose of the body. As Catherine and Anita reminisce whilst chopping up and bagging up, their intimately intertwined and tortured past rears its ugly head. Reality blurs as Catherine’s tragic past is slowly revealed along with a se#rcret she’s hiding to fight for the future. Zebra Girl stars Tom Cullen as Dan ’The Man’ (‘Knightfall’, ‘Downton Abbey’) and Jade Anouka (‘Cleaning Up’, ‘His Dark Materials’) alongside Sarah Roy (‘Catherine and Anita’, ‘Glue’). The film is written by New York writer Derek Ahonen (‘The Transcendents’, ‘Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side’), based on his play “Catherine and Anita” which was performed by Roy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to rave reviews.
The story of this low-budget indie movie sheds some insights into the mind of someone who lives with severe mental health problems caused by abuse during childhood and tries to still build a normal life only to be trapped in old traumatic memories.
The tone is mixed between black humour and horror without a distinctive line. It’s clear that she’s a psychopath without any conscience. Her character does not have many layers though, despite her traumatic past.
Despite not being my kind of movie there were some funny moments at the beginning during the ‘first dinner date’ scene. Her dating inexperience mixed with her brutal honesty and quirky sense of humour makes that a good dark comedy moment. It’s a shame that the rest does not live up to that.
London Mums’ rating: 4/10
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums