CANNIBALS | Offscreen
After the testosterone-filled programme of January, it's time for some female-friendly horror with two ferocious cannibal movies directed by women. In 2002, Marina De Van, an actress and screenwriter for François Ozon, releases her first feature film, Dans ma peau, in the wake of Trouble Everyday, another monument of female cannibalism. It's a very personal – and Cronenbergian – film, in which working-class violence is linked to that of the body. Ravenous, directed by the British Antonia Bird, blends Western and black comedy with lots of gore. Although Bird is only a director for hire on the film (she took over the shooting after two previous directors left the sinking ship), the result is far from sterile. She delivers an extraordinary survival movie, with an impressive cast, including Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, and David Arquette. Unfortunately, the film was misunderstood upon release.