P.O.V. No.25 - Kitchen Sink: Data on the film and the director


Alison Maclean
(New Zealand, 1989), 14 minutes, 35 mm, b/w

Production credits and cast
Art director
Sound design and mix

The Woman
The Man
Alison Maclean
Bridget Ikin. Hibiscus Films
Stuart Dryburgh
Grant Major
David Coulsen
John McKay & Chris Burt
The Headless Chickens

Theresa Healey
Peter Tait
Annagreta Christian

Festivals and awards include:
Selection for competition at the Cannes Film Festival, 1989
Certificate of Merit, Melbourne Film Festival, 1989
Audience Award for Best Short Film, Sydney Film Festival, 1989
Sitges International Film Festival, Spain, 1989
Best Short Film, Listener Film & Television Award, New Zealand, 1989
Best Short Film, Oporto International Film Festival, 1990
Special Jury Award (Short Narrative), Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco, 1990

Alison Maclean on Kitchen Sink
The story came to me in much the same way as events unfold for the woman in the film. I could see this hair sticking out of the plughole and on closer inspection; the story began to emerge and to transform itself in quite a surprising way. It's a dark little fable about fear and desire - about a woman who re-fashions a monster into a man, and finds herself falling for her creation. In some sense I see it as a Pygmalion-type story, with the genders reversed.

Alison Maclean
Born in Ottawa in 1958, Alison moved from Canada to New Zealand in 1972, where she made a number of shorts, including Kitchen Sink, which won eight international awards. Her first feature Crush (1992), starring Marcia Gay Harden, was an official selection at Cannes. Jesus' Son (1999), starring Billy Crudup and Samantha Morton, won the Baby Lion and OCIC Catholic Awards at the Venice Film Festival. Alison has directed TV episodes of Subway Stories, Sex and the City, Carnivale, The L-Word and The Tudors. Her first documentary, Persons of Interest (2003) - co-directed with Tobias Perse - was selected for the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and the International Human Rights Watch Festival. She has lived in New York City since 1992.

Kitchen Sink (short) - director, writer - 1989
Crush (feature film) - director, writer - 1992
Jesus' Son (feature film) - director - 1999
Persons of Interest (documentary) - co-director, producer - 2004
Intolerable (short) - director - 2006

Director of television segments and episodes
Seven Deadly Sins, mini-series, one segment ("Greed") - 1993
Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground, one episode ("Honey-Getter") - 1997
Homicide: Life on the Street, one episode ("Birthday") - 1997
Sex and the City, two episodes ("Valley of the Twenty-Something Guys," "Models & Mortals") - 1998
Carnival, one episode ("The River") - 2003
The Tudors, two episodes - 2007

Director of Music Videos
Torn by Natalie Imbruglia - 1998
Big Mistake by Natalie Imbruglia - 1998

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