Inari Sirola is an Animation Director and Animator from Finland. A man's chain necklace ignites a woman's erotic charge, resulting in her being challenged for her libido and attraction in a hostile manner. This animated short film takes a look at how mental illness stigmatisation and sexism deem women as socially inept and illogical creatures. Inari’s animation style is quirky and unconventional, involving contemporary influences but standing in its own light. Her bold outlines are ever morphing, seamlessly taking the viewer from one school of thought to the next. The fleeting and conscientious dialogue allows for freedom in movement of the film, along with the absurd comedic value.
Inari Sirola "When making this film, I was deep in research of female stereotypes for my thesis. This made me truly understand the topic and how it has affected my life. I'm sure a lot of women and girls out there have been trying to avoid "being a stereotypical girl" in many contexts, whatever that even means. I've definitely been there. If not only in male dominated work environment, then in romantic relationships. A quote from ‘Bitches, Bimbos, and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls' Illustrated Guide to Female Stereotypes’ really hit home for me, which ended up driving most of the script writing in ‘CRAZY’. “...Stereotypes like this have great power. In fact, psychologists are convinced that the projection of stereotypes leads to stereotyped behavior.” From hearing 'Needy Girl' from Chromeo in 2009 to watching romantic comedies while growing up, you quickly learn that you can't win. You cry, you're weak. You question things, you're weak. You show some kink or more unique form of confidence, you're crazy! Oh my.
That being said, my first version of my script was overly complicated since I really felt I wanted to make a film that has a strong commentary on this topic. However, I quickly came to a realisation that I hated the script and it didn't feel like it was a film I would produce. At loss, my friend stepped in and gave me the best advice; Make a film you would want to watch. And that was it. I love insanity in films, something you can follow and laugh at, but makes you feel a little bit uncomfortable while intrigued. So I just went with it and made this 3 minute journey of craziness. That's the magic combo for me, comedy with an underlying message."
Animated by Inari Sirola @inarisiro,
Sound design Ruanth Chrisley Thyssen (@ruanthchrisley),
Voice actors Naomi Asaturyan & Julian Sandoval (@juliensandoval),
Music by Pete Jarrett & BiLLLy (@peter_jarrett_ @billyboynoyz)