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Conventional (2015)

An aging scream queen deals with her insignificance.


Karen Gillan


Karen Gillan
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Complete credited cast:
Karen Gillan ... Rachel
Matty Cardarople ... Stu Mac 1
Michael May ... Stu Mac 2
James Ransone ... Stu Mac 3
Ryan Turek ... Original Stu Mac
Lara Sebastian ... Emma
Catherine Parker ... Emma Fan
Stephen Nelson Stephen Nelson ... Stu Mac Fan
Boman Modine ... Stu Mac Fan
Dylan Hoffinger Dylan Hoffinger ... Stu Mac Fan
Alex Choate Alex Choate ... Stu Mac Fan
Alexandra Mesmer Alexandra Mesmer ... Stu Mac Fan
Gina Menichino Gina Menichino ... Stu Mac Fan
Darin Eppich Darin Eppich ... Stu Mac Fan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Owain Rhys Davies ... Photographer
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An aging scream queen deals with her insignificance.

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The ugly fan whom Rachel has a photo taken with and Rachel's biggest fan were rumored to be based on one of Karen Gillan's fans whom she had met at Armageddon Expo in Wellington, New Zealand in July 2015. See more »


Rachel: I miss camera flashes. Every click feels like a compliment. And let me tell you, I will do fucking anything for a compliment. Are you horrified yet?
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Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Karen Gillan Moments (2017) See more »

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A dark comedy debut that's minimalist and pitch-perfect
6 February 2016 | by mmaggianoSee all my reviews

Karen Gillan's writing/directing debut is an absurd dark comedy about a b-movie horror actress who can't get roles anymore and resorts to horror conventions to make a few dollars from appearances and autographs... and so on. The grotesquerie on all sides, the humor, and the perfect tone of the short all indicate that greater things may be to come from Gillan as a writer/director/actress.

The framing, horror lighting, restrained hand-held camera, and assured shot sequences prove that Gillan and cinematographer Zach Voytas partnered well. The combination of that partnership with Gillan's mature writing style and her acting prowess make Conventional far more than a small-channel youtube find. It's a hidden gem and a great dark comedy short.

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