Female-driven comedies take the spotlight

Wexford Plaza and Suck It Up open across Canada on December 1, 2017

Wexford Plaza is a slice-of-life dark comedy starring Reid Asselstine in her breakout role as the charming and vulnerable Betty, a strip-mall security guard. The film perfectly depicts how in a world of connectivity, isolation is rapidly growing.

A lonely female security guard (Reid Asselstine) who works at a dilapidated strip mall. Isolated and friendless, a glimmer of hope appears when a charming bartender shows Betty kindness, leading to an unexpected sexual encounter. Although Betty and her deadbeat paramour are well meaning in their intentions, their behaviour ends up causing both of their lives to unravel. Wexford Plaza is about two losers who are earnestly trying to improve their condition, but ultimately become deluded by their dreams.

Hailed as “a major talent to watch” by the LA TimesWexford Plaza was directed by Torontonian Joyce Wong and was produced by Matt Greyson and Harry Cherniak.

The film had its World Premiere in the Festa Mobile Section of the 2016 Torino Film Festival and has since premiered for North America at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. Wexford Plaza was awarded the Comcast Narrative Feature Award at the Center for Asian American Media Festival. 

Suck It Up stars Erin Margurite Carter (Murdoch Mysteries) and Grace Glowicki (Paper Year) in a dark comedy about life, loss, friendship and learning how to suck it up and move on.

It’s two months after the death of Ronnie’s brother, and Faye’s first love, Garrett. Ronnie’s on an epic bender; Faye has taken up crafting. When Ronnie’s drinking hits a dangerous high, Faye returns home to get her back on track. She kidnaps Ronnie and takes off for the family cottage in picturesque Invermere, British Columbia. Waking up halfway to nowhere is not the hangover Ronnie was expecting, but Faye is determined to air her out.

So begins a summer of lake-town antics, trysts with townies, and a lot of button pushing.  The change of location seems to be what the two friends need, until they encounter Alex, a friend of Garrett’s with a secret from his past that pits Ronnie and Faye against each other.

In a violent face off, both women realize they’re grieving for more than just Garrett. They’re grieving their friendship.

The getaway comedy is the second feature from director and CFC and TIFF Talent Lab alumni Jordan Canning. The film was written for Erin Carter and Grace Glowicki by Julia Hoff. Suck It Up was produced by Marc Tetreault and Jason Levangie of Shut up & Colour Pictures. The film premiered at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival where it was met with rave reviews.

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