Set in the Canadian prairies during the Great Depression, The Red Hoodis a dark re-telling of the classic fable Little Red Riding Hood, and a work of lyrical realism that deconstructs the tale’s underlying gender moral.
Writer/director: Danishka Esterhazy
Producer: Polly Washburn
Danishka Esterhazy says:
“The Red Hood is a dark re-telling of the traditional fable Little Red Riding Hood set in the Canadian prairies during the Great Depression. It is a work of lyrical realism that deconstructs the tale’s underlying gender moral.
Little Red Riding Hood tells the story of a girl who must enter the dangerous forest to bring her grandmother a basket of food. Along the way, she disobeys her mother’s warnings and strays from the path where she encounters a charming wolf.
This wolf later poses as the girl’s grandmother in an attempt to murder and eat the girl.
Only the power of a good man, the woodsman, is able to save the girl from her own folly. Little Red Riding Hood is a morality tale in which female disobedience and, by implication and symbolism, female unchasteness, results is violent peril.
In The Red Hood I wanted to subvert this moral and create a complex female protagonist who is neither victim nor predator. I wanted to create a character who defies the virgin/whore dichotomy and exists as a fully human and fully fallible woman.
I have been inspired by filmmakers Jane Campion and Catherine Breillat who excel in their portrayals of this moral grey zone. I want to take their rich understanding of character and fuse it with the magic of fable. I hope that audiences will find the results to be unique and powerful.”
About Danishka Esterhazy
Celebrated for her visually stunning and female-driven films, writer/directorDanishka Esterhazy has delighted audiences across Canada and around the world with her haunting stories about Winnipeg and Manitoba.
Her debut feature, Black Field, won the Best Feature Drama award at Vancouver’s Women in Film Festival and the Best Canadian Feature award at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival.
Black Field played in theatres across Canada in 2010, was broadcast on Super Channel in 2011 and was recently released on DVD by Century Street Distribution.