A Means of Interpretation

Shot by a primarily female crew on International Women’s Day, Young Girls by Pin is a crisp, contemporary study of camaraderie directed by Amy Watson. 

Celebrating friendship (albeit via violent means) and a home state of mind, this short, stylish short is soundtracked by Pins’ lively rock music and set against the local scenes of Greater Manchester. Through the film’s murder-fulled narrative, Watson takes the tropes of a girls’ road trip movie and stretches them to chaotic lengths, tainting the wholesome preconceptions of female relationships with something more authoritative and ultimately more fun, and ends on a giddy final act. 

Through this primarily female-led collaboration, longstanding gender cliches are severed, and a homage to the girls’ Northern origins are preserved, the combined efforts setting a milestone for women in both the music and film industries and their potential when given the chance to thrive. 

Amy Watson is a music and commercial filmmaker and documentarian, who has worked with Pins on several of their music videos. Her documentary Deep In Vogue explores the popular queer dance scene in Northern England, and has played at a host of film festivals. 

Young Girls played at the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in the Music Video programme. Championing the best alternative music and filmmaking, this strand is the perfect means of highlighting the importance of artistic collaboration and a respectful means of interpretation. 

Submissions are now open for the 10th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

BAFTA-Qualifying ASFF 2020 takes place from 4 – 8 November with an unrivalled programme of short films and immersive media showcases, networking opportunities, career development initiatives and interactive talks, Q&As and workshops. Submit your work here.