Ready for a tease of Netflix’s upcoming internet driven thriller, Cam? You should be. The Blumhouse, Gunpowder and Sky produced film, cowritten by Isa Mazzei and Isabelle Link-Levy and directed by Daniel Goldhaber, stars Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale), Patch Darragh (The First Purge), Melora Walters (Venom), and Devin Druid (13 Reasons Why).
The film killed it at this year’s Fantasia Festival taking home the titles of Best Screenplay and Best First Feature. At the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, it took Best Actress for Madeline Brewer, a special jury prize for production design, as well as the Audience Award. It is currently sitting at 94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and continues to receive rave reviews from screenings. NOFS’s Jonathan says, “Cam easily contains some of the most interesting uses of technology and internet culture since Tragedy Girls, and is a must-see for anyone scared they’re losing themselves, one megabyte at a time.” Read the full review HERE.
Cam is a technology-driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice (Brewer), an ambitious camgirl, who wakes up one day to discover she’s been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself. As this copy begins to push the boundaries of Alice’s internet identity, the control that Alice has over her life, and the men in it, vanishes. While she struggles to regain what she’s lost, she slowly finds herself drawn back to her show and to the mysterious person who has taken her place.
Writer, Isa Mazzei, took aspects of her own experiences as a cam girl, and added them into the film. It’s comforting to know that we aren’t going to be watching what someone’s interpretation of a sex worker will be. It will be coming directly from the source. While not an exact autobiography of her life, she does include certain aspects of her experience. Mazzie told The Daily Beast, “The film could very easily be about a YouTube star or an Instagram celebrity or a Twitch streamer. But it’s a cam girl because it kind of is the furthest you can push this expression of digital identity.”
Those who didn’t make to the film festivals or the film’s recent screenings won’t have to wait much longer to delve into Cam as Netflix will be releasing it next Friday, November 16, on their US streaming platform.
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