Michaela is young and ready for it. However, when she finally gets her first period, it doesn’t feel the way it should. It is a nightmare.
Period Drama is a short animated film composed of four chapters, with plot points referencing the biological events that occur during the phases of the menstrual cycle. Menstruation connects the vignettes like a secret thread. They explore how frequently daily life and internal thought processes differ from social expectations, education and menstrual narratives. With the use of genres of mockumentary, autofiction, dramedy and poetic allegory the film analyses menstruation’s essential and often baffling presence in life. It offers an endearing overview of these experiences through the humorous gaze of the main character, Michaela. While commenting on adolescence, gender politics, sexuality, motherhood and Orlando Bloom, she takes us on a surreal trip that begins with her first period and continues as she, much like an egg, matures.
When I was ten years old, I thought menstruation was a blue liquid on a tiny napkin. Then a couple of girls began chatting in code about ‘strawberries’ and after some investigation in my teenage magazines, I wanted to be in the club as well. When I finally got mine I was fourteen, the last one in my class. Despite my wish to have one for many summers, when it really happened, I found myself incapable of dealing with it. But why?
I have a lifelong infatuation with menstruation. The memory of it. The meaning of it. The public quietness and the private loudness of it. And vice versa. That's why I have decided to explore narrative possibilities that could replicate our sometimes very conflicting attitudes towards menstruation. I want to underline the difference between truth and fiction by using visual imagery of various animation techniques as well as a limited pastel colour palette drawn from menstrual advertising. It's a film about memory, embarrassing stains, and private dramas.
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2D vector based, Drawing, Stop motion