Sissy follows the story of therapeutic social media influencer Cecilia (Aisha Dee). Cecilia has quite the following on social media, and takes pride in her ability to help others find their peace.
Cecilia runs into an old friend, Emma (Hannah Barlow) while shopping and gets invited to her engagement party. Flashbacks show them being best friends throughout childhood, when Cecilia went by the name "Sissy". These start to reveal how the friendship ended coupled with bullying from Emma's other friend, Alex (Emily de Margheriti).
At the engagement party, Emma decides to invite Sissy ("it's CECILIA NOW") to her bachelorette party in a remote cabin the middle of the woods...with bully Alex herself.
The movie brings you through a whirlwind of feelings, from feeling bad for Cecilia as everyone is talking behind her back, to being downright terrified of her. It's a modern take on "what happens when you take the bullying too far". Cecilia has tried desperately to bury her resentment behind meditation and affirmations, but you can tell at any moment she is going to hit her breaking point.
For an Australian indie slasher flick, this is a wildly entertaining ride. It integrates the gen-z influencer persona with bullying and watching someone completely go off the rails. Sissy not-so-subtly addresses mental health issues and the social media generation. The gore visual effects were impressive, and I had to rewind and re-watch a few moments that had my jaw on the floor.
This isn't as iconic as Aussie movies like The Loved Ones or Wolf Creek, but it's pretty damn close.