When middle-aged bank clerk Sheila Woolchapel is sold a strikingly beautiful red dress at a Thames Valley department store during the January sales, it looks like the lonely divorcee has had a rare piece of good luck. The salesperson, Miss Luckmoore, delivers a florid, confusing yet effective sales pitch full of mystery and seductive promise. Saddled with her uncommunicative teenage son, Vince, his vampish, nightmare girlfriend, Gwen, and a thankless job, lonely Sheila’s confidence is boosted by the garment, the fabric of which seems to adapt to fit and flatter whoever wears it. Meanwhile the department store staff perform arcane rituals during closing hours.
(United Kingdom, 1973) Together with David MacKenzie and Ben Wheatley, he’s one of the most remarkable British directors. His second feature film, Berberian Sound Studio, won 17 international awards. His last feature, In Fabric, has been awarded in Mar del Plata, Les Arcs and Austin.
Filmography: In Fabric (2018), The Duke of Burgundy (2014, D’A 2015), Berberian Sound Studio (2012), Katalin Varga (2009), A Metaphysical Education (curt, 2004), Bubblegum (curt, 1996)