Spiderhead, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Jacob MacDonald, tells the story of Heather (Tess Haubrich), a young woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and happens to be haunted by an abusive ghost in her apartment building. A review by the New York Times called it a remarkably assured debut feature film that features an impressive array of talent, including Ms. Haubrich and Mark Rendall, who play two of Heather’s alter egos, each battling with the other. Spiderhead opened in select theaters across Canada on May 18th, 2017. Spiderhead Starring Tess Haubrich as Heather

Who Is tess haubrich

Tess Haubrich is an Australian actress and model.

Born in Sydney’s Northern Beaches area, and educated at Pittwater High School and SCECGS Redlands,Haubrich spent her late teens as a fashion model in Australia, Hong Kong, France and Germany. She trained for two years at the Actors Centre Australia, a private drama school in Sydney, where she trained in theatre. In 2009, she appeared in two episodes of the soap opera Home and Away as Catie Merrin. She returned to the series as a different character, Shandi Palmer, in 2014

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Tess Haubrich Play as Heather

The plot revolves around Heather, a young girl with depression who moves to New York City. She starts a drug trial that forces her to spend her days hooked up to machines and dealing with an eclectic group of city misfits. The movie is worth watching for Haubrich’s performance alone, which has all of those subtle layers and wide swings in emotion that are so rare to see on screen today.

Spiderhead Starring Tess Haubrich as Heather
Spiderhead Starring Tess Haubrich as Heather

It also features surreal elements that will keep viewers on their toes from start to finish, plus some existential queries about our own existence thrown in for good measure. If you’re looking for a film about mental illness starring someone who does it justice, look no further than Spiderhead.

The Story

A young woman is admitted to a psychiatric institution, where she is forced to come to terms with her past. Spiderhead’s narrative begins with an attempt on one character’s life and it does not get any less murky from there. The themes within Spiderhead are dark and deep, yet conveyed in a way that keeps audiences attentive and curious. Director, Vincent Gallo evokes an emotional resonance from audience members by drawing out their sense of compassion for each of his characters’ plights. Tess Haubrich delivers a captivating performance that allows audiences to empathize with her main character more than they can almost any other film on release right now. Spiderhead is gritty and emotionally raw; a compelling mix of emotional despair underlined by threads of hope throughout each scene.

Spiderhead Starring Tess Haubrich as Heather
Spiderhead Starring Tess Haubrich as Heather

Who should watch?

Spiderhead is a new Netflix original movie. It’s a psychological thriller and it stars Tess Haubrich. It’s not for children so parents should avoid showing it to their kids or younger teens, but for mature viewers there is no better choice to add to your streaming queue. Just be sure you have time set aside because once you start watching, you won’t want to stop until it’s over!

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What were my favorite scenes?

Spiderhead is a disturbing and compelling look at mental illness that features stellar performances by Tess Haubrich and Matthew Carey. Careful analysis of shots reveals details about characters, their nature, and underlying motives. Each character is unique and deserves appreciation for an outstanding performance in a difficult role. For example, after watching Spiderhead I was afraid to look in my closet for two weeks; but despite my fears I could not stop watching until it was over.

How does it end?

It Ends With a Scream by Peter Gutierrez – I’ve been told that Spiderhead is not a happy place. Peter Gutierrez’s poem, It Ends with a Scream, conveys that in many ways. The narrator of It Ends with a Scream is alone and she doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. She believes something has happened to her but can’t remember what it was, whether it was good or bad. Her identity has been lost to her, so much so that she doesn’t even recognize herself in a mirror; instead, she sees someone who looks exactly like her but is actually an old woman.

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