#DirectedbyWomen FILM SUBMISSION: ‘Missed Call’ by Susana Hornil


Our ‘Women Film-Makers’ segment wants to try to showcase the work of budding women directors. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be making films as a profession, or submitting them to festivals, you can submit something you made for a school project, or just lil experimental stuff you’ve shot by yourself or with friends. All we need is a bit of writing about yourself and the film, and a working YouTube/Vimeo link. Click here for more details on how to submit.

Kirsten is a successful woman in her thirties, madly in love with her boyfriend back home in Chicago. In LA for a brief meeting to discuss selling her business, she really needs her boyfriend’s advice. Only he’s not answering his phone… continually. Where is he? Why doesn’t he pick up? Why won’t he call back? What isn’t Kirsten facing…?

Susana Hornil is fascinated by how technology is constantly shaping the way we live and also the way we die. With “Missed Call” she is exploring how technology is also affecting the way we die. Have you ever thought about what happens to your social media profiles and devices when you die? “Missed Call” was born after many fabulous conversations with her two dear friends and Writers: Nic and Marcello. Her curiosity about the contradictions inherent to this hot topic made her not only want to produce this film but also direct it. She wants the audience to experience the movie through Kirsten’s skin. To feel every happy, thrilling, messy, heart-pounding, titillating, goosebump-y moment that she does. Initially she is showing the clean, happy and controlled image of Kirsten’s world and then smashing it, subverting it into something you won’t forget at the end. Ultimately collaborating with actors is the most important part of the process for Susana, who is drawn to flawed characters because they feel more real and truthful.

By Chloe Leeson


CHLOEChloe Leeson is 19 and from the north of England (the proper north). She believes Harmony Korine is the future and is pretty sure she coined the term ‘selfie central’. She doesn’t like Pina Coladas or getting caught in the rain but she does like Ezra Miller & Dane DeHaan a whole lot. Her favourite films are The Beach, Lords of Dogtown and Into the Wild. But DON’T talk to her about Paranormal Activity. She rants @kawaiigoff.


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