I love horror films. I love knitting. I love feminism. The impetus for this particular project came out of a response to re-reading ‘When the woman looks’ (1984), Linda Williams’ canonical essay on horror film and gender. Here, I have brought together my three passions to ask, what happens when the woman knits? Or, to be more precise: what happens when the woman knits in a horror film?

Festivals, awards and nominations

Cited in the B.F.I. / Sight and Sound Best Video Essays of 2022 poll
Winner, Best Film (<10 mins), Wench Film Festival, India, 2023
Winner, Best Documentary Short, GenreBlast, USA, 2023
Winner, Staff Choice Best Short Film of 2023, Visioni Notturne, Italy, 2023
Winner, Best Documentary, Galacticat Festival De Cinema Fantàstic, Spain, 2023
Highly Commended, Delta Film Award, Festival of Fantastic Films, UK, 2023
Nominated for Best Writing Award and Best "We Are the Weirdos, Mister" Award, Renegade Film Festival, USA, 2023
Special Mention, Asia South-East Short Film Festival, Cambodia, 2023

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Alison Peirse

Alison Peirse is a Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leeds. She researches horror film, feminist film historiographies, and videographic criticism. Her third book, Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre (2020) was the subject of a screening series at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, in the summer of 2022. You can find out more about her work at www.alisonpeirse.com.


Three Ways to Dine Well (2021) Knit One, Stab Two (2022) Crochet is Sick! (2023) The Language of Rage (2024) How Not to Reproduce What We Inherit (2024) HELLO? (2024)


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