Auto Italia: Harman Bains 'Nature of the Hunt' (until 3rd September 2017)
Prior to entering the screening room at the back of the space, we are shown a billboard-style advertisement for the Taiwanese film 'Golden Queen's Commando', directed by Chu Yen-Ping, which sets the tone nicely for the rest of the show. We are informed that the film is about seven women, all of whom are decidedly troublesome in their defying of the roles of good, pure women. Much like stereotyped or one-dimensional gimmick characters, they are defined by their individual skillset, including a sex worker, martial arts expert, samurai and 'eye temptress'. It is all rather amusing and cartoonish, yet being somehow sexually liberated and assuming male roles clearly sets out to intimidate and terrify the male audience and other characters in the film. The summary describes that all women are "out for revenge", and this sentence reminds me of the way in which contemporary feminists are portrayed by uninterested or regressive opposers to the movement.
As the point of departure for the entire film, the female vampire is an incredibly interesting and stimulating character in terms of the themes that emerge from its analysis. As we are told by the narrator, her lust for blood becomes a metaphor for problematising heteronormative sexuality, showcasing a destructive attitude towards her male lovers. Additionally the hysterical woman's equidistance between human and animal is addressed, leading us to the realisation that the female who undermines normal behaviour and activity is marginalised and dramatised in a way that is similar to mankind's treatment of animals. 'Nature of the Hunt' is informative and exciting with its stream of film clips leaving the viewer wanting to explore its themes and theories further. The fact that the vast majority of films in the selection have male directors is not inconsequential, alluding to ancient mythology of the fear of castration and powerful women, using creative sources to merge fictional and real scenarios.