Kitchen Sink is a highpoint of Female Gothic exploration in contemporary world cinema. In this genre female characters face, within dreamlike situations, archetypal male figures who prompt fear and desire. Like other films by prominent New Zealand women directors, Kitchen
Sink boldly experiments with horror–mystery–thriller conventions in a feminist context.
Short Film Studies is a peer-reviewed journal designed to stimulate ongoing research on individual short films as a basis for a better understanding of the art form as a whole. In each issue, two or three short films will be selected for comprehensive study, with articles illuminating each film from a variety of perspectives.