Wexford Plaza | 2016
Directed by Joyce Wong
Sat Jun 2 | 7:50 PM
A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard (Betty) 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 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.
Country or Origin Canada
Genre Narrative Feature, Dark Comedy
Joyce Wong is a writer and director based in Toronto whose films have played at festivals worldwide. Her films often feature an idiosyncratic tone and tongue-in-cheek comedy. She is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus and the 2016 TIFF Talent Lab.
Most recently, she completed her first feature WEXFORD PLAZA, which premiered at the 2016 Torino Film Festival. It also screened in competition at Slamdance, and won the Center for Asian American Media's Best Narrative Feature Award at their Annual CAAMfest.
Her previous works include: THE POWER OF LOVE, a short documentary about Celine Dion fans in Kenya that premiered in Hot Docs in 2011 and GENTRIFICATION GUILT METER, an interactive installation completed during a residency at Brooklyn's Uniondocs Centre for Documentary Arts. Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.