Cast: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Rafferty Blumberg, Steven McCarthy
Set in a world where sexual assault is regulated with the use of a card system, Frances, a young woman who has so far avoided being attacked, decides to take control of her own fate. In the wake of the #metoo movement, this highly controversial satirical film offers a scathing indictment of an apathetic legal system and broken policies around violence against women. The film takes the blame issues and excuses surrounding sexual assault to an absolute extreme in the hope of starting a conversation on the topics of rape culture and victim blaming. The short was developed from a nightmare the writer had in which she was being chased by a man holding a rape card. The aim is to start a dialogue and to get people thinking.
Madeleine and Nathan are a filmmaking duo who trained at The Drama Centre London and are both current grad students at York University, Toronto. Their short film The Substitute screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide and won 10 awards, including the Kodak Student Scholarship Award. After Madeleine took part in TIFF Talent Lab, they were both selected for Berlinale Talents in 2016 where they developed Rape Card.
Nathan’s earlier short film, The Substitute, was the Jury Award Winner at the 2016 Nitehawk Shorts Festival.
The Nitehawk Shorts Festival MIDNITE screening presents the most innovative new voices in genre filmmaking; now at a reasonable hour (9:30pm). This program presents seven films that explore the beautiful horror found in sacrifice and revenge.