By Nexus
Jul 09, 2019



Tampocalypse was a true display of all things female, from love and sexuality to menstruation and infertility; from hair care to fighting to get our voices heard. The plot followed Maeve Kelly’s young screenwriter Mary as she narrated her story to high powered film exec Lesley, and skilfully brought moments of laughter, sadness, and general suspense to the audience in less than an hour. Lesley’s interruptions of criticism and her insistence that the story be altered to better cater to the male audience was something that women are all too familiar with. Briar Collard’s Lesley and her horror at any suggestion of stepping outside the Hollywood box may have had the audience in stitches, but she represented the oppressive power of the entertainment industry and its overwhelming preference for misogynistic ideals. When it was suggested to include the death of an innocent child in place of discussing menstruation during the apocalypse as it was “less yucky,” the audience responded with laughter undercut with a sadness reflecting an unhappy reality. The cast and crew of Tampocalypse with ladies of all sizes and personalities was a refreshing change from the usually unrecognisable portrayal of women, and they did a fantastic job at defying all of the usual feminine plot tropes. I was left wanting more; a ‘happier’ ending, or a win for young Mary, but the real-life struggles faced by women don’t always have the luxury of happily ever after.

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