It took Jennifer Lynch 15 years to make another movie after the disastrous Boxing Helena (a film I rather enjoyed by the way!), and after the superb Surveillance in 2008, she went on to direct a film called Hisss. Completed in 2010, the Bollywood/Hollywood horror is still waiting to get a proper release.
The story of a snake which turns into a woman, who turns into a snake has built itself a reputation of being a pretty poor film. However, I am very intrigued to see what all the fuss is about. Still without any hope of getting an official release, we can now see the next best thing. Penny Vozniak has directed a documentary called ‘Despite the Gods’, and the film is an in depth look at the making of Hisss, the challenges and the breakdown’s. It should make for some interesting viewing!
The documentary arrives on in the US on 28th April, however no date has been set for a UK release. Check out the trailer and synopsis next:
“Jennifer Lynch, daughter of cult film auteur David Lynch, made her auspicious directorial debut in 1993 with Boxing Helena at the Sundance Film Festival. A box office disaster, the film was viciously mauled by critics and became the focus of multiple lawsuits. Fifteen years later, a recovering addict and hard-working single mother, Lynch returns to the director’s chair with an ambitious project that will test her skills and the entire crew’s sanity.”
“Despite the Gods brings us behind the scenes on the set of Lynch’s Bollywood/Hollywood action film about a man-eating snake goddess. Out of her depth shooting on location with an Indian crew and two top Bollywood stars, Lynch turns her production into a vehicle for her own self-actualization, paying no regard to timeline, budget or reality. As the story in front of the camera derails, the story behind the camera explodes.”
By Matt Wavish