Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Living Dead

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Ulf Kristiansson wrote an article called Livs levande döda for the Helsingborgs Dagblad newspaper. It includes great photos by Sven-Erik Svensson. Check it out!


Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

amanda apocalypse

Yesterday I mentioned Amanda Apocalypse: a self-professed “zombie nerd” who stars as one of the zombies in Undead in the Night.

Today, after her stellar performance for the media conference, she is the Malmö Lund City Paper cover girl! Judging from the published photos which entirely ignore the stunning vampires who lurked around the press, “zombies” are the sexier creature these days, at least for the author who erroneously conflated my definitions of vampire and zombie – a difficult mistake to make.

Download the pdf file – 2 pages including cover.

Monstrous Swedish TV Spot

Monday, May 25th, 2009

The full article from SVT, Zombievandring i mörkret is online! The TV spot features my ever-frightening vampiric and zombified friends Märta and Clara (V’s), Tom and Amanda (Z’s). Notice Tom’s vacant hungry stare, you wouldn’t want to meet him alone in the dark forest…

Full of love for my Swedish zombie and vampire friends

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Undead in the Night Jillian Mcdonald Malmo

In case you thought this performance wouldn’t be scary…here are just two photos featuring vampire Emma and victims Mathias and Mikael, all non-professional and amazing actors. (Photos by Petter Pettersson…press quality available at Lilith’s website).

Undead in the Night Jillian Mcdonald Malmo

…we’ll see you in the forest after dark…

Horror Makeup

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

makeup jillian mcdonald undead in the night

Undead in the Night sold out in only a few days, wow ~

Not wanting to give anything away, I will post photos of the actors in full makeup after the performance is over … but here is a tiny taste of what we’ve been up to this week at Lilith Performance Studio …

rehearsals jillian mcdonald undead in the night

makeup jillian mcdonald undead in the night

props jillian mcdonald undead in the night

costumes jillian mcdonald undead in the night

rehearsals jillian mcdonald undead in the night

makeup jillian mcdonald undead in the night

Long Way from Home

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

forest malmo

My friend Christine Sciulli wrote to me today in response to an announcement about my upcoming performance, Undead in the Night. “God you’ve come a long way from our Blair Witch screening!!!”, she wrote. In 1999 Christine called me at my part time job with an invitation to a late night movie. I happily said yes, but apparently was the only person on the planet who hadn’t heard about the film, a little out of touch with popular culture at the time. I sat through the horror film in utter terror, balled up in my seat, peering through clenched fingers as the awful ending pierced the heart of my worst fears. I made her stay on the phone with me that night and couldn’t sleep for days. Camping was out of the question for ages.

A decade later – really?? – I’ve seen countless horror films and now intentionally put myself in a forest (a long long way from home, no less) creating a living horror film. Last night we were out in the woods performing some lighting tests and my eyes and breath were not at ease. For a city girl the darkened woods holds countless unseen threats, real and imagined.

The performance is coming together, our cast is almost complete, and every one of them is absolutely perfect.

Swedish People

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Here is an article by Mirjam Johansson about my upcoming Malmö performance, in Sweden’s People magazine – it’s a few pages in, use the right arrow to get there.

Auditioning the Undead

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

For the past 2 days we auditioned many zombies, vampires, and victims in small groups, for Undead in the Night at Lilith Performance Studio, Sweden.

Pictured below is a particularly energetic group of young women working with Artistic Director Elin Lundgren, who together hunted mercilessly and attacked their helpless victim (photos Petter Pettersson):

Read more about the auditions at
, by Karin Arbsjö. The article is in Swedish only, but includes a slideshow and sound “bite” (pun intended) of the auditions.

Labour of Love

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

field of the undead video still

Field of the Dead and Undead is a video that I am slaving over working on since last fall. It is all rotoscoping, which at the worst of times is obsessive, slow and labourious, and at the best of times highly meditative. Sometimes something surprising happens, like the layers go missing, creating magic accidental images:

accidental image

Upcoming Performance in Sweden

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

If you find yourself in Malmö, Sweden in late May, please plan to attend Undead in the Night, a performance with Lilith Performance Studio!

sweden forest

Undead in the Night dares you to enter the forest for a walk in the dark. Be very very quiet, you are not alone.

Zombies and Vampires are radically different yet universally recognizable archetypes of horror film monsters who rarely if ever appear together. They share the evil power to turn victims into monsters, and caught in the unknowable position between “alive” and “dead” they have the power to fascinate and terrorize. Placing them together in this performance, I violate the codes and boundaries of horror genre and create an impossible scenario.

Zombies moan as they stagger stiffly and unconsciously in packs towards their single goal – to catch and consume the flesh of the living. Gruesome and rotting, they are ordinary people reincarnated as characterless and soulless ghouls. Although they are brutish, vile, and almost unstoppable, they are neither resourceful nor clever, and are imminently expendable.

Vampires slink and pose with agility as they move towards the forest’s edge. Aristocratic, powerful, seductive, exotic, elegant, timeless, and mysterious, they have a rich immortal life and feed off human blood. Victims sometimes beg to be “turned” into these exotic and fascinating creatures.


…If you want to be in the performance, see details here.