Director Candice Hill announces the release of her first film, Mirror Mirror. This experimental film delves into the complexities of modern relationships, self-identity, and the allure of self-destructive behaviours.

“We explore the complexities of long-term intimate relationships that have lost their way and the desire for individuals to find more connection, freedom and love. What drives someone to have an affair? We hope to offer audiences a glimpse into the multifaceted nature of human behaviour. Our goal is not only to entertain but to also stimulate reflection and conversation in understanding human behaviour in an ever-evolving culture.”

Set against a contemporary backdrop, Mirror Mirror follows a woman as she navigates the intricate web of love, desire, and the pursuit of perfection. Unveiling the dark underbelly of a seemingly flawless life, the protagonist, played by Bianca Zouppas, embarks on an affair, inadvertently unravelling the carefully curated façade she has constructed. Drawing inspiration from the timeless Myth of Narcissus, Mirror Mirror serves as a poignant reminder of the perils of self-obsession and its consequences. Through its narrative lens, the film explores the inherent dangers of narcissistic behaviour and the illusion of fulfillment derived from external validations.

Reflecting on the motivation behind the project, Hill, remarked, “If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve all been in this arena and tested. I believe that people fall in love with the reflection of themselves in others and the promise that ‘I will be a better version of myself with someone else’. But we take ourselves with us wherever we go.”

Hill adds, “The rise of narcissistic traits is a cause for both interest and concern. Overwhelming research suggests that such traits often sow seeds of discord and unrest in their wake. As a storyteller, I felt compelled to delve into this paradox and present it to audiences in a thought-provoking narrative.”

Commitment to empowering leadership
The production of Mirror Mirror, brought together a diverse team of over thirty Queensland based creatives. At the heart of the production process was a commitment to inclusivity and empowerment, particularly in nurturing the talent of colleagues where every team member felt valued, empowered, and enthusiastic about their contributions during the film making.

Characterised by its unconventional approach, the film’s script was a collaborative process leading into the project and highly improvised during the shoot. Despite facing constraints of both budget and time, the team remained committed in delivering a compelling and thought-provoking cinematic experience.

“I firmly believe that when people are empowered to contribute and are made to feel valued in their offerings, it fosters even more creativity that benefits both the individuals and the film as a whole, remarked Hill. The collaborative spirit and dedication exhibited by our team throughout the production of Mirror Mirror exemplify this belief in action.”

Mobius strip
Central to the film’s narrative form is the Mobius strip—a mathematical shape used by psychoanalyst and philosopher Jacques Lacan and others, known for its single continuous surface and edge. Austin, who Hill collaborated with for this film, frequently incorporates this shape into her visual arts practice, bringing further depth of understanding to its symbolism and significance to the film.

“In our collaboration, we sought to replicate the nature of the Mobius strip within the fabric of the film,” explained Austin. “Through the repetition of segments and the utilisation of auditory techniques such as the Shepard tone in the soundtrack, we mirror the shape’s inherent paradoxical quality. This echoes the fluidity of identity, illustrating the perpetual process of self-identification.”

The film’s utilization of the Mobius strip extends beyond mere symbolism, serving as a visual and conceptual motif that guides the audience through the intricate layers of the narrative. As viewers traverse the circular narrative structure, they are confronted with themes of self-discovery, introspection, and the ever-shifting nature of identity.

Get in touch
As anticipation builds for the release of Mirror Mirror, audiences can expect to be immersed in a cinematic experience that celebrates the power of collaboration, creativity, and inclusivity.

For more information about Mirror Mirror and other projects from Chill Co Studios, please visit @mirrormirrorfilm or join the conversation on social media using #MirrorMirrorFilm.