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Hobart – 5 August – The Stranger With My Face Horror Film festival is back for a third year from 21 to 24 August in Hobart.

The closing night film on Sunday 24 August in Hobart is Chanthaly, by debut director Mattie Do.

Chantaly has the distinction of being the first horror film made in Laos and only the fourth feature film ever made there.

Chanthaly is a psychological ghost story that reflects on aspects of Laotian society through the vehicle of genre filmmaking. It was produced with a tiny budget, with filming taking place in the director’s own house. Her pet dog even has a starring role.

Mattie Do is currently in pre-production on her second feature film, Dear Sister, following a recent successful crowdfunding campaign. She’s looking forward to arriving in Hobart and sharing ideas and low budget filmmaking tips with the local film community.

“It’s amazing that I can be a part of an event that so strongly promotes women’s talents and stories like the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival. Being the only woman to have directed a feature film in my country, I often feel like the odd one out “

“I’m so excited and looking forward to being a part of the Stranger With My Face Festival and seeing the support for these unique works in person!”