2023 Official Selection / Etheria Film Night
Directed by Alix Austin
UK | 8:00 min

In a twisted story of co-dependence, two sisters are pitted against each other by a giant, abhorrent leech creature that uses its mind-controlling influence to puppeteer them from the inside out.

Director Bio
Alix is a British/Swiss Director and Creative Producer – she has a big passion for practical creature effects, lethal sound design & killer soundtracks. Most recently she co-directed her first feature film KILL YOUR LOVER with creative partner in crime Keir Siewert. Think ‘Blue Valentine’ meets ‘The Fly’. They also co-directed the London segment of Horror Anthology Feature ISOLATION (2021) together, alongside Dennie Gordon and Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter). The film celebrated premieres at Frightfest & Screamfest LA. The project was featured on Variety, Rue Morgue, Dread Central, and Bloody Disgusting. She previously co-created and produced the horror short RETCH, which screened globally, including the London Short Film Festival, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, and won Best Horror Short at Cinefantasy Film Festival in Brazil. Other genre experience includes 2nd Unit directing for FOLLOWERS (2021) director Marcus Harben, whose memory Sucker is dedicated to. He was a huge horror fan and was a dear friend to the Switchblade Cinema team, but sadly lost his battle with cancer last year. 2023, KILL YOUR LOVER, Feature, Co-Director/-Writer 2022, SUCKER, Short, Writer/Director 2021, ISOLATION, Feature (Segment: ‘It’s Inside’), Co-Director **Official Selection: FrightFest, Screamfest LA 2021** 2021, FOLLOWERS (formerly: Cassette), Feature, 2nd Unit Director 2020, Portrait, Short, Creative Producer 2019, Nora, Web series Episode, Writer/Director 2018, RETCH, Short, Creative Producer **Best Horror Short Winner – Cinefantasy** 2016, True Value, Short, Director/Producer