Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.
The thrilling film from director Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely) features a stunning original score by composer and musician Tamar-kali (Mudbound, The Assistant). 2017 marked Tamar-kali Brown’s debut as a film score composer after many years making music in the punk scene. Her score for Dee Rees’ Oscar-nominated film Mudbound, garnered her the World Soundtrack Academy’s 2018 Discovery of the Year Award. Tamar-kali’s beautiful score for Shirley is a hypnotic layering of strings, delicate piano, and mesmerizing vocalizations. The enticing soundtrack is sure to draw you further in to the haunting and fascinating world of Shirley and stay with you long after.