Natasha Austin-Green is an experimental documentary maker whose immersive films question social constructs of taboos and create unique character perspectives. Austin-Green sees her combined practice of documentary making and experimental film as an opportunity to “dive into the abstraction of an idea” free from the constraints of the traditional linear narratives in documentaries.
At The End Of The Tunnel(2017) was Austin-Green’s introduction to directing and creating visual/narrative film concepts. Inspired by the trauma, loneliness and shame that many women feel about their periods, she decided to look at the taboo and secrecy surrounding menstruation. Taking a range of stories from several female subjects, Austin-Green used the film to create a sense of camaraderie: revealing funny and tender stories that unify women’s experience of menstruation.
Austin-Green’s second short film Dead. Tissue. Love (2017) delves deeper into this concept of taboo. Her film uses surrealist influences and abstract landscapes, mixed with the gentle musings of a female necrophile, to represent the human face of a demonised figure. Dead. Tissue. Love has garnered international recognition playing at film festival such as; SXSW, Ann Arbor Film Festival, AFI Docs, Encounters Film Festival and Underwire Film Festival.
Arts Foundation Futures Award nominees in Experimental Short Film will be screening and discussing their work at the ICA with London Short Film Festival on January 12, click here for more information.