Pin Cushion

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Super close Mother LYN and daughter IONA (Dafty One and Dafty Two) are excited for their new life in a new town. Determined to make a success of things after a tricky start, Iona becomes ‘best friends’ with KEELY, STACEY and CHELSEA. Used to being Iona’s bestie herself, Lyn feels left out. So Lyn also makes friends with BELINDA, her neighbour. As much as Lyn and Iona pretend to each other that things are going great, things aren’t going great for either of them. Iona struggles with the girls, who act more like frenemies than friends, and Belinda won’t give Lyn her stepladders back. Both Mother and Daughter retreat into fantasy and lies.

This was a truly heartbreaking character story of a young girl coping with being different. Where Mean Girls went toward the funny, Pin Cushion bravely took us a step further than we would be comfortable with. It didn’t shy away from humourous moments but let the character pain lead the way so we felt with her at every step. I was along for the emotional ride.”

BIFA Voter