• Directed by Thomas Hardiman
  • Starring Clare Perkins, Kayla Meikle, Lilit Lesser
  • BFI London Film Festival 2022
  • 2022 | 101mins | UK | (15)

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A high-stakes hairdressing competition descends into paranoia and chaos after a participant is viciously murdered, in this astonishing faux single-take comedy-thriller.

Thomas Hardiman’s debut feature – shot in bravura long takes by acclaimed cinematographer Robbie Ryan – immerses us in the bizarre and highly strung world of high-fashion hair design, in which a cast of volatile models, designers, hairdressers and security guards bicker, clash and accuse one another of murder. As this narratively and chronologically complex story deliciously unfolds, Ryan’s restless, uncannily stable camera drifts from scene to scene, through a maze of backstage rooms, waiting areas, theatre spaces and car parks. Taking in the hilarious histrionics from Hardiman’s strikingly game cast of actors, as well as the splendour, colour and excess of the extravagant hairstyles in competition, Medusa Deluxe is a unique and audacious trip quite unlike anything you’ll experience at the Festival. - Paul Ridd