Cate Blanchett is showing off some serious contortionist skills in the trailer for her new short film RED.
The dual-screen experimental project, from Australian director Del Kathryn Barton, delves into “themes of passion, sex and death, drawing on the symbolism of the female redback spider,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Its first preview shows Blanchett, clad in a full-body fishnet getup, writhing around on the ground before wrestling with a man.
“In essence, the narrative in RED illuminates the unusual mating rituals of the Australian red-back spider,” Barton, who also called the film an “uncompromising celebration of female power,” told the publication. “Here, our brave little male after copulating with the monumental female gently somersaults into her mouth, offering himself as a meal postcoital. If she is not hungry she will store his bound, dying body on her web for later consumption.”
Barton, who crafted the film using a $50,000 creative fellowship from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, which she was awarded in 2015, previously captured the image of Blanchett and her children in a portrait she painted in 2011.
In addition to Blanchett, RED also stars actor Alex Russell and Charmene Yap of the Sydney Dance Company.
RED runs next year from Jan. 26-April 30 at the Art Gallery of South Australia as part of the Adelaide Festival. Watch the short’s first trailer below.