Game

A young boy struggles to accept the death of his mother while his sister copes through violence.

Creative team

Writer/director: Joy Webster
Producer: Lucas Ford

Filmmaker’s statement

In the fall of 2015 I read this headline on the subway platform monitor as I waited for the train: “Boy, 11, shoots eight-year-old girl dead in the US ‘because she wouldn’t let him play with puppies.’”

I couldn’t stop thinking about this tragedy for days. What could this boy’s life possibly have been like in order for this to happen? Was it an accident? Was it intentional? Did he know the consequences of his actions? How did he get the gun? It was that headline that sparked the idea for this film.

Game tells the story of a young boy surrounded by guns and violence, and without a loving caregiver. It is a story about grief and loneliness from a child’s perspective, and how these things may push a child to react in unthinkable ways.

It is a story that unfortunately is grounded in reality although, sadly, in real life the ending isn’t open to interpretation.

About Joy Webster

Joy Webster

Joy Webster is an award-winning director, screenwriter and editor based in Toronto.

A graduate of Ryerson University’s film program, Joy was the recipient of the Norman Jewison Award for best thesis film at Ryerson University for her film In The Weeds (2015).

Her second short film, Game (2017), has screened at 21 film festivals around the world, winning 11 awards including best short at Canadian Film Fest and two Golden Sheaf Awards for best fiction short and best emerging filmmaker at Yorkton Film Festival. The film was also broadcast on CBC and featured on Film Shortage and the YouTube channel Omeleto.

Joy’s most recent short film, Buzzard (2019), was selected to be part of the Telefilm: Not Short on Talent showcase at Cannes Short Film Corner this year and has its film festival premiere this fall.

Joy is currently in the process of writing the script for her first feature film.

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