WOMEN IN HORROR SHOWCASE: ‘White Roses’ by Lisset Mendoza
Women in Horror Month aims to showcase and carve out a space for women in the horror genre. Whether this be behind the scenes, writing, directing, producing or on-screen badass-ery. A true celebration of everything bloody and brilliant. During the month of February, here at Screenqueens we’re going to be showing off masses of female talent in our showcase, this could be anything from amateur experimental shorts to festival circulating features so keep your eyes peeled.
White roses is about a beautiful and innocent girl who falls in love for an older man. Although naive, Desiree is not how she appears, and as the story builds to its climax with a full on confrontation with her secret lover, things begin to get twisted.
Lisset wrote the story about two years ago, she had been inspired by a fellow classmate and was determined to write about something dark and not just her usual ‘depressing romantic drama’. She began to feel hopeless and then started listening to music as a guide. Music helped her imagine visuals she can create stories with. She decided to use her script for her upcoming film class. Her classmates were excited too, but later after realizing she wouldn’t have enough time for the actual class, she dropped it. Lisset’s professor/mentor encouraged her by saying why not just film it either way. She had all her friends and family read it, and after everyone’s approval she shot it one day in the summer (after an intense production on a zombie film.) All in all Lisset says that production was great, but her only concern was the fingers- which she was very happy with. They are still in her fridge to this day.
White Roses was reviewed as part of last years Women in Horror Showcase here
– and has now been made available for public view.
By Chloe Leeson
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