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Keeping Watch

“So why don’t you just open the door and come out?”

Mandy has been sitting in their boiler closet for a rather long time. The pipes are blisteirng hot, the dust is making their eyes water and they haven’t been on a date in months. And still, they sit. What – or who – could be stopping them from leaving? Sometimes, our mechanisms for self-preservation can be dangerously insidious.

Keeping Watch is the third short film by drag and performance artist Mandy Sweats. Inspired by abusrdist theatre from the likes of Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee, it is a sombre, scary and yet ultimately uplifting depiction of stagnation, resistance and growth.

Created entirley by the artist. Camera used is the Sony A6000.

Man Around the House

“You can’t make sound all of the time. There’s always going to be a gap, inbetween the activities of the day. Even between the tick and the tock, there is a second of silence”

Mandy was just trying to have a lovely day. Making some banana bread, writing their CV, trying to decide whether they prefer Chromatica or Sawayama. But something won’t leave them alone. There is something outside, and it’s desperately trying to get in. And Mandy knows that they can’t keep it out forever…

Man Around the House is the second short film by drag and performance artist Mandy Sweats. It is a surreal and uncomfortable depiction of one day that desperately wants to be normal, inspired in equal parts by Franz Kafka, The Balcony by Jean Genet and classic home invasion horror films.

The Bedsit Tapes

After 12 months of living in a basement flat in a strange city, Mandy decided to up sticks and move away. But before she left, she created ‘The Bedsit Tapes’. Inspired by horror films such as The Blair Witch Project, The Poughkeepsie Tapes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, ‘The Bedsit Tapes’ is a darkly comedic reflection on a life lived within 4 very small walls.

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