Period Drama is a short animated film composed of four chapters with plot points referencing the biological events that occur during the phases of a menstrual cycle. Menstruation connects the four vignettes like a secret thread. Through the humorous gaze of a character, the film analyses menstruation’s essential and often baffling presence in one’s life. While commenting on adolescence, gender politics, sexuality, motherhood and Orlando Bloom, Michaela takes us on a surreal trip that begins with her first period and continues as she, much like an egg, matures.
I got my first menstruation when I was 14. I was the last one in my class and it was too late to feel comfortable about it. Since then, I have had a lifelong fascination about everything that is connected to it. In my film, I want to explore the difference between the truth and the fictional narratives by using visual imagery of various animation techniques as well as a limited pastel colour palette drawn from sterile menstrual advertising. Full of blue blood with no red. A lot of fiction, but not much reality. Period Drama is a film about memories, embarrassing stains and private, but often public dramas.