Director: Stephanie Zari
Writer: Derek Ahonen, Sarah Roy, Stephanie Zari (Screenplay) Derek Ahonen (Play)
Starring: Tom Cullen, Sarah Roy, Jade Anouka, Anna Wilson-Jones, Isabelle Connolly, Moyo Akande
Plot: Catherine’s seemingly perfect rural life is turned upside down after she discovers her husband is hiding a dark secret that leads her to the unthinkable. Murder.
Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Zebra Girl starts when Catherine (Roy) discovers her husband Dan (Cullen) has been working on something secret behind her back, which will lead to her murdering him, turning to her best friend Anita (Anouka) for help to get rid of the body.
As Catherine looks to solve the problems she has created, she ends up getting caught up in her memories of what would have led her down this path and how she met Dan in the first place, leading her down the path of wondering what is real or not.
Thoughts on Zebra Girl
Characters & Performances – Catherine is a woman that has been through her own troubles in the past, with her latest one seeing her believe her husband is up to something sinister behind her back, needing her old best friend back in her life to clear up the problems. She is confident she has done the right thing and is caught up in assessing her own life for the truth. Sarah Roy is great in this leading role, which is a more in depth look at a character she bought to life in the short movie Catherine before. Dan is the husband that has been up to something behind Catherine’s back, we see how he first met her and they built their relationship together. Tom Cullen in the supporting role works for the film through the different stages of Catherine’s life. Anita is the best friend that has returned to the life to help Catherine with the difficult moment, that will see them bonding after being years apart.
Story – The story here follows a woman that has been dealing with her own mental health problems for years and suddenly starts to suspect her husband is up to no good and must look to understand the consequences of her suspicious mind. This is a story that will show us just how dangerous and difficult living with a condition that Catherine has, showing us that the constant suspicious nature can cause problems in life. The story is broken down into a couple of main events in Catherine’s life, with the aftermath of what happens, the first date with Dan, the next stage of their life and childhood memories, each one will jump in and out, keeping the timeline mixed to add moments of confusion to the bigger picture.
Themes – Zebra Girl is a comedy mystery that will keep evolving the story as we look to learn the truth about what Dan has been up to behind Catherine’s back, with the mystery side shining in this side of the film. The comedy comes with the moments of the social awkward side of Catherine on the first date too.
Coming to Cinemas on the 28th May.