Mark of the Beast

Her bedroom, her bed, her sheets - a strange man.

A young woman attempts to decipher her own desires from those of men, but her identity and sexuality are intertwined in ways she cannot make sense of.

  • Missy McNaught
  • Missy McNaught
  • Mhairi Watt
    Key Cast
  • Reece Montague
    Key Cast
  • Adam Stewart
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    150 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • The Hens Collective short film screening with Leith Late Festival
    United Kingdom
    July 1, 2023
  • Edinburgh Shorts Showcase
    United Kingdom
    June 21, 2023
Director Biography - Missy McNaught

Filmmaker from Leith, now based in Glasgow/Edinburgh. Studying BA Filmmaking at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Director Statement

‘Mark of the Beast’ aims to explore how external judgements about women’s sexuality can be internalized by women. Mary is striving to achieve an ideal, but the ideal woman she longs to be is a dichotomy: She is desirable but not promiscuous, chaste but not prude. Mary finds she cannot be all of these things at once and is left feeling unsatisfied, feeling as though she has violated herself in her performance.