Directed by Luna Carmoon

British writer-director Luna Carmoon draws on her own life for this visceral psychological drama that won her the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at BFI London Film Festival 2023. 

Seven-year-old Maria’s South East London childhood with her mother Cynthia, an obsessive hoarder, feels sparkling and magical until tragedy separates them and Maria enters a more conventional world. Years later, the now-teenage Maria seeks to reconnect with her mother the only way she knows how – bin-dipping for discarded treasures and collecting black bags full of festering garbage. When she meets Michael, another troubled teen, they develop an intense and animalistic bond. 

Carmoon’s audacious, bracingly unusual feature debut announces her as a talent to watch. Powered by committed performances from its terrific cast, it tells a fierce, uncompromising and emotional story about a young woman’s burgeoning sexuality and her queasy reckoning with grief and a traumatic past. 

This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Event/ The preview screening on Thu May will be followed by a Q&A with writer-director Luna Carmoon and producer Loran Dunn. 

Event / There will be a Relaxed Screening of this film, with an introduction on Tue 21 May, 15:20.


"Deeply strange and emotionally extravagant."

The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw

"This British debut glitters with gross-out promise."

The Telegraph, Robbie Collin

"A visceral British debut about love and hoarding heralds the arrival of a brilliantly strange new visionary."

Time Out, Sophie Monks Kaufman

126 minutes


Country of origin:
Great Britain

Year of production:

  • AD – Audio Description is delivered pre-recorded via a headset. The description is provided during any gaps in dialogue or sound effects.
  • CAP – Caption Subtitled, are English language subtitles that are embedded into the screening, this includes a written description of sounds or audible components.

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