In this short documentary, mother and filmmaker Rachel Judkins addresses the shame, stress and sadness that comes with her monthly period — an act of self-discovery she believes is well overdue. At 40 years old, Judkins has had over 300 periods. In this film she explores her menstrual journey from young teenagehood to adult life as a wife and mother, with honesty and humour. Judkins has spent her career helping other directors' visions come to life as a researcher for film and television. About Bloody Time marks her debut at the directorial helm, and she is supported by an all-women team.
I have to admit that I’m not an overly ambitious person but I would love to be able to use storytelling to touch people’s lives and hopefully make some small change in the world for the better.– Director Rachel Judkins in an interview for website The Honest Mum, 1 September 2020
Made with funding from NZ On Air, alongside the NZ Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho
Opening and closing track 'Superstorm' by Adam Drake and Tom Jenkins