Directed by Joyce Wong (To appear in-person for Q&A)
2016 | Narrative, Comedy | Canada | 80 min
Awarded Best Narrative Film at CAAMFest 2017!
A slice-of-life dark comedy about Betty, a lonely female security guard working at a deteriorating 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 paramour are well meaning in their intentions, their behavior 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.
Joyce Wong is a Toronto based writer and director. Her previous films include: THE POWER OFLOVE (CELINE DION FANS IN KENYA), which screened at Hot Docs in 2010, and EMBODYING TORONTO, which won WIFTT’s “Most Innovative Film by a Female Director Award” at the Toronto Urban Film Festival in 2009.
Joyce graduated from York University with a BFA in Film Production in 2007, participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2008, and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab in2016. Her work has been supported by the Canada Arts Council and Ontario Council for the Arts.
WEXFORD PLAZA is her first feature, and is based on her memories of growing up in Scarborough.