In Fabric - Art House Theater Day Celebration

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United Kingdom | 2018 | 119 minutes | Peter Strickland

September 18, 2019

Put on this cursed red dress and you may be literally dressed to kill in this fetishistically stylized hommage to giallo that satirizes consumerism as hypnotically as it seduces your senses.


Celebrate Art House Theater Day with this special one-night only showing of Peter Strickland's visually astounding new film, In Fabric. Free admission for SIFF Members* and free Full Tilt ice cream for the first 100 people through the door! 

Art House Theater Day is an annual celebration of art house and indie theaters, bringing together fans, filmmakers, and hundreds of mission-driven, community-based theaters across the country for a day of truly exceptional screenings and cinematic experiences.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The latest from visionary director Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy) is a sumptuously surreal, giallo-inspired horror satire about a blood-red cocktail dress that kills…literally! Divorced bank manager Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste of Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies) has recently entered the world of online dating and, hearing about an unmissable sale at the strangely hypnotic and fetishistic department store Dentley & Soper, heads there in search of a new first-date look. The store's head saleswoman, perfectly played by Transylvanian actress and frequent Strickland collaborator Fatma Mohamed, is an enigmatic and somewhat macabre creature whose riddle-filled sales pitch convinces Sheila that she absolutely needs a dazzling crimson gown. But once these phantom threads are loose in the world, the dress begins to display some disturbing behavior, and no one who comes in contact with it is safe. Featuring a savagely funny supporting performance from Gwendoline Christie ("Game of Thrones") and a narrative twist too fun and surprising to spoil here, Strickland unleashes his signature dreamy style, eye for bold colors, and lavish sound design to imbue In Fabric with atmosphere a-plenty, making for a dazzling dark comedy that savagely sends up vanity, fashion, and a consumerist world where the sales are till-death-do-us-part final.

*Become a Member today for free admission to this screening, plus year-round discounts on cinema and Festival tickets, free popcorn, and more!

  • Director: Peter Strickland
  • Principal Cast: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Julian Barratt, Fatma Mohamed, Gwendoline Christie, Steve Oram
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Producer: Andrew Starke
  • Screenplay: Peter Strickland
  • Cinematographers: Ari Wegner
  • Editors: Matyas Fekete
  • Music: Cavern of Anti-Matter
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English