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Odessa “Lily” Young and her “Feminist Death Squad!”

29.11.2018 | By PAOLO BOCCHI

“Odessa “Lily” Young is a young uprising cinema star. She is 20 years old, she is Australian, and she has carved herself out the role of “breakout star” in Assassination Nation, a film about our “social media obsessed culture”, starting from the Salem witch trial of 1692

History tells us that in the cold winter between 1691 and 1692, in a remote village in the county of Essex, Massachusetts, USA, Elizabeth “Betty” Parris and Abigail Williams, daughter the first and niece the second, of pastor Samuel Parris, began to show signs of imbalance, behaving in an “unusual” way, to put it mildly. In fact, the girls began to hide behind the furniture at home, to spend long days in complete silence, and to crawl on the floors. The doctors interviewed to heal the girls said it could be “diabolic possession”. Given that in those years “diabolic possession” was considered a crime, this was the beginning of what the whole world knows today as “The Salem Witch Trial”, a trial that led to as many as 19 hangings, a case that is still debated today.

 

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It was a series of confessions that, as if it were a social game, condemned to death, one after the other, an impressive number of women. And not only.
Today, year 2018, the story of the witches of Salem returns.
On the screens. And bears the title of Assassination Nation. A film written and directed by Sam Levinson, with a young actress in the limelight: Odessa Young.
The film is set in an American town named Salem; maybe it’s not a coincidence.
What happens in Salem in the film is a sort of “witch trial” in the social media era.

Lily, this is the name of the character played by Odessa Young, and her friends, as almost all human beings, love to spend much of their time exchanging photo-messages and more on various social networks.
And so far, everything is normal.
The spark is triggered, making the town explode into a real bloodbath, when “an anonymous someone” begins to publish online that “private part of each of us” that should not be published.

 

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The themes dealt with in the film are many: bullying, racism, nationalism, sexism, alcoholism, machism, classism, et cetera et cetera et cetera.
Stories of everyday life. Taken to the nth degree of fire.
In the film, among everything and everyone, she stands out: Odessa Young, actress, 20 years old, Australian.
As we say in these cases, she is the “breakout star” of Assassination Nation, without a doubt. She is the star of a film that shows, naked, raw, violent, our “Social media obsessed culture”.

Odessa “Lily” Young, along with her inseparable friends, will form, in the film, an overwhelming “feminist death squad”, as she defines it, and from that moment on, the calm of Salem ends.
Lily’s girlfriends who form the “death squad” are: Hari Nef, in the role of Bex; Abra, in the role of Em; Suki Waterhouse, in the role of Sarah.
Hari Nef, transgender woman, is already well known to the public, thanks to her catwalk shows for various brands, and for her role in Transparent.
Suki Waterhouse is a model and actress “made in the UK”. She becomes known in 2014, when she played Bethany Williams in the film Love, Rosie. Also in 2014 she won the “model of the year” award at the Elle Style Awards. She is a friend of Georgia May Jagger and Cara Delevingne.

 

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Gabrielle Olivia Mirville, aka Abra, or ABRA, is an American singer, who also dabbles in acting. Fruit, Needsumbody, CRYBABY, Come 4 Me and Pull Up are some of the songs, and videos, in which she stands out, both vocally and for her image.
Lily, Bex, Em and Sarah, the new witches of Salem, the quartet that gives life to the “feminist death squad”, are the actresses of the cinema that will come.
The film that presents them to the public is Assassination Nation.
Over all, this time, it is Odessa “Lily” Young that stands out.
Let the film start…