The post-apocalyptic feature Riot Girls has begun filming in Canada. Jovanka Vuckovic of the all female-directed horror anthology XX (segment “The Box”) and the award-winning short “The Captured Bird” is directing the picture written by Katherine Collins (Netflix’s Lost in Space) and produced by Lauren Grant of Clique Pictures. Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Paloma Kwiatkowski (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) have been cast in the lead roles.
Riot Girls is set four years after a mysterious illness has killed all adults. The town of Potter’s Bluff has been divided into two rival factions, the ‘East side’, made up of scrappy scavengers living amongst the ruins, and the ‘West side’ which hoards its wealth in the former high school and is ruled by Jeremy, a brutal dictator.
When Jack, an eastsider, is forced to kill two westsiders while on a scavenging mission. He is captured and taken back to the West side where he awaits public execution. Jack’s sister, Nat, and her best friend, Scratch, must cross into dangerous territory if they have any hope of saving him. Their treacherous journey reveals not only the power of their love, but the depths of their courage.
Riot Girls is not the kind of film women usually get to make, with characters that women don’t usually get to play, so I was naturally attracted to it. It’s also reminiscent of my favourite high concept cult films, and being an outsider myself, I can’t help but love a good misfit’s journey. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be at the helm of this genre-bending, punk rock, post-apocalypse film.
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