Golden Headacher

Premiere: Espoo Ciné International Film Festival 2022

Golden Headacher is an experimental animation documentary about women's hate and aggression and the culturally sanctioned ways to express or suppress these uneasy feelings.

The dialogue is constructed from experiences of women dealing with feelings of aggression towards children and spouses and between women. At the same time the dialogue comments on cultural norms related to the expression of aggression by women.

The film was created by animating textile and décor waste and beautiful glossy pictures of children that were popular in Scandinavia in the last century. The material was improvised using the qualities of different fabrics and objects as the basis for the images

The work brings to the fore the irritation and exhaustion felt by women and the thoughts often left unsaid outside the walls of home. Also the remorse and the shame felt after the bursts of anger are reflected on.

Script, camera, editing, direction, production: Niina Suominen/ Force Majeure Films. 
Music: Risto Ylihärsilä
Voice-over: Helena Lempiäinen, Hannele Nurminen, Niina Suominen, Jatta Ihaksi.
English translation: Hannele Nurminen
French translation: Einari Aaltonen
Voice recording and sound mixing: Joona Lukala.
Technical support: Lauri Järvenpää
Animation assistant: Alma Haapala

Production supported by: Milla Moilanen/AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Taike - The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Sari Volanen/YLE.