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Hell Hath No Fury

The first production to come out of the Accelerator POD program – an initiative of Screen Canberra, Odin’s Eye Entertainment and The Film Distillery1 – The Furies (2019) is a brutal, relentlessly paced slasher-horror film. Inspired by both Richard Connell’s famed 1924 hunter-becomes-the-hunted short story ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ and the titular female figures from Greek mythology, it unflinchingly depicts acts of violence against women, but is ultimately a slap in the face to toxic patriarchal control.

I speak to writer/director Tony D’Aquino as well as producers Andrew Marriott and Lisa Shaunessy about fulfilling the genre audience’s expectations for thrills and explicit kills while addressing the thorny subject of misogyny in the age of the #MeToo movement.

Oliver Pfeiffer: What do you think made The Furies stand out among all the other submissions to the Accelerator POD?

Andrew Marriott: The Accelerator POD has to balance a number of factors when deciding which projects to progress. In the case of The Furies, it stood out due to a well-developed and realisable story, and the absolute enthusiasm and devotion of [its] writer and director, Tony D’Aquino. It was clever, different and developed in a way that allowed us to produce high-quality cinema with

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1 Grant Sputore, quoted in Brad Gullickson, ‘Talking Love and Robots with the Director of I Am Mother’, Film School Rejects, 15 June 2019, , accessed 11 October 2019. 2 ibid. 3 We first see Mother