Directed by Tom Hardiman
UK | 2022 | murder mystery | 101 min | English

MEDUSA DELUXE is a murder mystery set in a competitive hairdressing competition. Extravagance and excess collide, as the death of one of their own sows seeds of division in a community whose passion for hair verges on obsession.


Director: Tom Hardiman
DOP: Robbie Ryan
Hairstyling: Eugene Souleiman
Music: Koreless

CastAnita-Joy Uwajeh, Clare Perkins, Darrell D’Silva, Debris Stevenson, Harriet Webb, Heider Ali, Kae Alexander, Kayla Meikle, Lilit Lesser, Luke Pasqualino, Nicholas Karimi

Production Company: EMU Films Production
With support of: BFI (awarding National Lottery funding) and BBC Film
In association with: Time Based Arts


  • Tom Hardiman
    Tom Hardiman

Festivals & Awards

  • Locarno Film Festival – Piazza Grande
  • Fantastic Fest – Next Wave Competition

press quotes

“Debut director Thomas Hardiman’s single-shot murder mystery is a dazzling high-energy catwalk show of spiky comedy, fluid camerawork and fabulous hair.”
Stephen Dalton, The Film Verdict

“One-Shot Hairdressing Murder Mystery Is an Elaborate, Backcombed Tease”
“Hardiman, whose penchant for salty dialogue and ostentatious staging distinguishes him from many recent British freshmen”
Guy Lodge, Variety

“Hardiman, drawing wittily on his own love of coiffure, has elaborated one of the most extravagant one-offs in recent cinema”
Jonathan Romney, ScreenDaily

Tom Hardiman