After an overdose nearly takes her life, Laura Birch (Jemima Rooper, The Girlfriend Experience, Flowers in the Attic: The Origin) escapes from the high-stakes pressure of the advertising world to return to her roots. Accepting an invitation home from her estranged mother (Kate Dickie, Game of Thrones, The Green Knight), Laura hopes the time away in the secluded English village will help calm the demons raging inside of her. She soon discovers that the locals of the town are all protecting an unspeakably dark secret—a secret that involves not only her mother but her own terrifying destiny as well. Matriarch is from writer/director Ben Steiner and is a thematic successor to Steiner’s 2018 20th Digital short Urn. The film also stars Sarah Paul, Franc Ashman, and Keith David Bartlett.
Ben Steiner is an award-winning writer/director with a passion for horror and a knack for comedy. His debut feature, UK-set folk/body horror MATRIARCH, stars Jemima Rooper and Kate Dickie and is streaming on Hulu from October 2022....Read more
Ben Steiner is an award-winning writer/director with a passion for horror and a knack for comedy. His debut feature, UK-set folk/body horror MATRIARCH, stars Jemima Rooper and Kate Dickie and is streaming on Hulu from October 2022. Ben’s short films have won upwards of 30 awards including some of the most prestigious in the genre world. Among these are Best Horror Short at Fantastic Fest for horror/crime-thriller THE STOMACH and the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation’s Melies d’Or for comedy mockumentary CLANKER MAN. THE STOMACH was the first short film to appear on horror streaming platform Shudder and then moved to Alter where it’s had over 850K views. A feature version has received development funding from Creative England. Ben has several other feature projects at mid/late development stage for which he’s seeking production and/or finance partners. He has dual British/Canadian citizenship and lives in Bristol, England. Read less