Wexford Plaza Film Screening
Presented as a part of our Scene and Heard Film Industry Conference in partnership with The Rooms. Since its Canadian premiere here in St. John’s at SJIWFF28, Wexford Plaza has gone on to be nominated for a number of awards, including the 2018 John Dunning Discovery Award at the Canadian Screen Awards. Against the backdrop of a deteriorating strip mall (brilliantly shot by cinematographer Maya Bankovic), Wexford Plaza tells the story of an unexpected sexual encounter between an isolated female security guard and a make-up salesman, and the miscommunication that ensues. Equal parts humourous and heartbreaking, writer and director Joyce Wong provides a glimpse into the lives and minds of two well-meaning characters as they navigate their loneliness.
Join us for a special Q&A with cinematographer Maya Bankovic following the screening.
Joyce Wong, Director
Joyce Wong is an award-winning director and writer. She is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus, the 2016 TIFF Talent Lab and was named one of CBC’s “17 for 17 Great Canadian Filmmakers of the Future.” Her debut narrative feature, Wexford Plaza screened in competition at Slamdance in 2017, was awarded the Comcast Best Narrative Feature Award by the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco and nominated for the Toronto Film Critics Association's Best Canadian Film Award. Her previous films include: The Power of Love, a short documentary about Celine Dion fans in Kenya (Hot Docs, 2011); the interactive installation Gentrification Guilt Meter (Brooklyn’s Uniondocs Centre for Documentary Arts); Embodying Toronto (winner of WIFT-T’s Most Innovative Film by a Female Director Award, 2009); and Souvenirs from Asia (winner Reelworld Film Festival’s Outstanding Canadian Short Award, 2008).
Maya Bankovic, Director of Photography
Maya Bankovic is a cinematographer based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been screened at TIFF, VIFF, Sundance, True/False, Torino and over one hundred more film festivals around the world. Her work on the CBC series Workin' Moms has recently been nominated for Best Photography at the Canadian Screen Awards, and while she spends most of her time these days lighting and shooting dramatic fiction, she continues to devote much of her heart to documentary filmmaking, frequently shooting projects with the National Film Board of Canada.