Welcome to Cinema Australia’s new feature series we’re calling In Focus.
The point of In Focus is to introduce you to an upcoming Australian feature film which may not be on your radar yet.
If you’re currently filming an Australian feature film, or if you have one in the early stages of development, pre production or post production, let us know about it. We’d love to give it a plug.
Written and directed by Mark Bakaitis
Starring Saara Lamberg, Jane Badler, Dean Kirkright, Albert Goikhman, Brendan Bacon, Hana Vraniqi and Tribulation
Dalia and her two sisters grow up in a pagan apocalyptic cult. She escapes and the cult is closed and broken up by authorities – or so Dalia thought. Years later signs of the cult re-emerge. With her two sisters still missing, Dalia must journey into the wilderness to seek an exiled antichrist who may hold the key to their disappearance. Her investigation quickly becomes a descent into hell.
Influenced by the golden era of arthouse cult horror films made in the late 60’s and early 70’s including The Devils, The Wicker Man and The Rape of The Vampire, Cult Girls explores occult themes with a clever mix of surrealism, eroticism and gothic horror.
The film also revels in the mythology surrounding the infamous European Black Metal scene. In the 90’s members of the Black Metal scene were responsible for a spate of church burnings and murders, with artists expressing extreme anti-Christian and misanthropic views, and advocating various forms of satanism or ethnic paganism.
About the director: Mark Bakaitis is an independent film and music video director. After multiple ARIA nominations for his music videos throughout the 90’s, his first feature film Narcosys won Best Film at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2000. Mark has directed music videos for bands including Bodyjar and Spiderbait.
You can find out more about Cult Girls here.