Xcèntric Focus

Stacey Steers. «Edge of Alchemy» by Mariana Freijomil

September 2021

Mariana Freijomil, film critic and professor, presents Edge of Alchemy by Stacey Steers. Based on Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein and appropriating the image of two great silent film actresses, the filmmaker Stacey Steers questions how women are represented in the film industry and specifically Hollywood. The film, made up of hundreds of collages and constructed using an extremely laborious, handcrafted process, draws on the tradition of surrealist cinema and also highlights other issues such as memory, identity and the current climate crisis.

Edge of Alchemy, Stacey Steers, United States, 2017, 35mm to digital, 19 min

This film was available during the month of September 2021. Digital copy courtesy of Stacey Steers.

Special thanks to the Catalan Association of Film Criticism and Writing (ACCEC). Xcèntric Focus header clip fragment courtesy of Laida Lertxundi (Farce Sensationelle, 2009).