[Interview] Writer and Director Avalon Fast Discusses HONEYCOMB and Upcoming Projects

We had the opportunity to chat with Avalon Fast about her debut film Honeycomb and what is on the horizon for her next film project.

Slay Away recently chatted with writer and director Avalon Fast about her feature debut Honeycomb which had its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival and recently screened at the Boston Underground Film Festival. The film stars a group of Fast’s friends and was shot on Cortes Island in British Columbia with no budget to speak of. We're certain that the 21-year-old filmmaker has a long and bright future ahead of her.

The idyllic coming-of-age horror film follows a group of teen girls who abandon the lives they know for an isolated cabin in the woods. Feral girlhood is on the menu as the group create their own society and set forth their own laws and rituals. When Willow (Sophie Bawks-Smith) stumbles upon a seemingly abandoned cabin she begins fantasizing about the life she and the girls could have there. Leader (Destini Stewart), Jules (Jillian Frank), Vicky (Mari Geraghty), and Millie (Rowan Wales) pack their bags and whisper a quick goodbye to the life they knew. They flow through open fields, blissfully entering their brand new sun-soaked world.

Honeycomb is a way of feeling, a slow mindless space written with borderless rules and time to fill. The girls push for a meaning that is hardly there, struggling to reach out, grab it and lock it in a box. Sometimes the girls find themselves feeling as though they were more free before. The film also explores the cannibalism of friendships in favor of relationships and the inevitable betrayal that feels like. Listen to our full exclusive interview with Avalon Fast on the Slay Away horror podcast.