Spit and Ashes is a reimagining of the historical violence waged against women by patriarchal forces in the name of religion, medicine and family. The High Priestess embodies the wild, sexual and grotesque – the un-tamable hunger of female desire and the ultimate threat to male power. The Midwife is the spirit of all women who sought knowledge and agency over their own bodies and paid for their agency with their lives. Through a series of erotic and brutal rituals these women come together to reclaim their bodies and prepare for the fight ahead.
Lust..rust…and all things painfully delicious.. dividing with knives, these thighs tremble. this breath quickens. this skin rises & writhes exquisitely at the hands of the feminine divine…
The witches man failed to burn.. the mothers who’s scars glow with an untamed raging fury. the daughters the church tried to bury, the fierce lovers who will keep on fighting..
…into the fire they will go, because we know no other way than to keep on burning.
Spit and Ashes
a Maria Beatty film
USA/Germany/Switzerland, 2019, b&w
Duration: 72 mins.
Produced by: Maria Beatty & Daniel Maszkowicz
Starring: Sadie Lune, Dion de Rossi & Daniel Maszkowicz
Director of Photography: Theo Meow & Jo Pollux
Editor: Clémentine Gillieron
Camera: Theo Meow, Jo Pollux and Maria Beatty
Makeup, special effects, hair and styling: Rachel Rah Nikolaidis
Production Coordinator: Mathilde Sergent
Costumes: Sadie Lune
Creative Assistant: Dion de Rossi
Original Music: Fu, Dottie Bess & Emma Souharce
Voice Over and Chants: Lydia Lunch
Sound Design: Daniel Maszkowicz
Audio Mastering: Philippe Ciompi
Assistant Director, Lighting Design and Still Photography: Jo Pollux
Shooting Location: betOnest – Stolpe/Oder, Germany & Performing Arts Forum – Saint-Erme, France