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Make Me Up

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Created by Scottish artist Rachel Maclean in 2018 to mark 100 years since women were first given the right to vote in the United Kingdom. Part horror movie, part comedy, MAKE ME UP reflects on the shortcomings of our journey towards equality throughout the past century.
The film imagines a dystopian future where a group of women are trapped in a cruel reality TV-style competition in the brutal modernist setting of St Peter’s Seminary. Here, voting is not a liberation – it is a harsh judgement the contestants must face. New arrival Siri learns the rules of a show where compliance and attractiveness are key. Emboldened by her growing friendship with fellow inmate Alexa, Siri finds ways of sabotaging the system and discovers some terrible truths in the process.
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2018 - Experimenta Special Presentation - World premiere
Official Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2019 - Perspectives


Type of film
Running Time
85 mins
Rachel Maclean
John Archer, Angus Farqhuar
Executive Producer
Sud Basu, Mark Bell, Clara Glynn, David Harron, Mark Thomas, Jenny Waldman
Director of Photography
David Liddell
Scott Twynholm
Principal Cast
Rachel Maclean, Christina Gordon, Colette Dalal Tchantcho

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Last updated 8th May 2019

Production Company

A Hopscotch Films, NVA production.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW (WW1 Centenary Art Commissions), BBC Arts. Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, IWM First World War Centenary

Hopscotch Films
John Archer
Film City Glasgow
401 Govan Road
G51 2QJ
+44 (0)141 440 6740