First show: May 12

“…vivid but admirably restrained…Hounds of Love is a calling card not soon forgotten.” —Variety

Australian writer-director Ben Young’s first feature is an unflinching immersion into the nightmare of a teenage girl, abducted and tortured by a serial-killer couple.

In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, 17-year-old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by the disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

Directed by Ben Young / Factor30 Films / Australia / 2016 / 108 min / DCP


I was drawn to the idea of Hounds of Love after reading a true crime book about female serial killers. What was terrifying to me growing up was the idea that a woman (and a mother) could partake in these awful crimes against teenage girls and for what – love? In an attempt to comprehend this in my adult life I became deeply fascinated by the psychology of co-dependent relationships and began to understand just how they can manifest. A sociopath seeks out the vulnerable and the oppressed, grooming them to the point where they can control and manipulate them into doing even the most heinous of crimes, all in the name of ‘love’. There was so much I wanted to expose and explore in this because, although these cases of co-dependency are extreme, there is no doubt that different levels of power plays exist in many relationships, so much so I can even draw parallels in my own.

Thematically the film is about control and domestic violence, themes that by their very nature are universal. For me the film is a thesis on the psychology of the kinds of people who remain in these destructive kinds of relationships, not a justification for the heinous acts some of them commit as a result.





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