"Purple Lipstick" still garners kudos having been an official selection at the VideoBardo 2nd International VideoPoetry Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 3rd Zebra International Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, Germany and the Women in Film Festival in Vancouver where Haley was a guest speaker. Purple Lipstick also screened at Commfest, Wildsound, Female Eye in Toronto, Northwest Projections and Reel to Real in Seattle. Shot on Bowen Island near Vancouver, it features actors Bazil Graham, Ripley Ferguson, Cairo Ferguson and slam poetry star Alexandra Oliver-Basekic. New Filmmakers in New York City screened it last fall and it’s been selected as well by the Vibgyor Short and Documentary Film Festival in Kerala, India, FemFest in Zagreb, Pause & Play International Film Festival—United Arab Emirates, Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams in Celje, Slovenia, and the NoBudget Film & Video Festival in Heilbronn, Germany, Festival Miden, Kelemata, Greece, the 9th International Panorama of Independent Filmakers in Patras, Greece and the European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Germany from 2000 entries.
Purple is the colour of a fresh bruise and domestic violence the single greatest cause of injury to women in Canada. Purple Lipstick confronts its insidious nature through compelling juxtapositions. A disembodied female voice employs vivid language, absurdist against a backdrop of banality, images of *normal* family life. Numb in her isolation and still in her nurse's uniform, a wife and mother prepares dinner. The inherent terror of her home life is invoked with excruciating tension. Its brutality can only be alluded to.
"The video, with its effective and creative use of lighting and focus suggesting much that isn't visible, is more tightly located within the family dynamics, sometimes counter pointing images in the poem voice-over, sometimes emphasizing the poem. Overall, this is a powerful short film.” -Joe Blades
“Purple Lipstick creates a kind of hypnosis, like watching a bug climb up a web towards its impending doom and feeling powerless to do anything about it. Thank you for not showing us the end. The horror of it was worse in my mind.” -George Aguilar
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