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Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli and Face2face host David Peck talk about their unsettling new film Violation, trust and dysfunctional relationships, catharsis, time and the healing of wounds and how the past inform show we see each other.

Find out more about the film here


Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s deeply disturbing debut feature is a chilling, gruesome portrait of trust, loyalty, and sibling rivalry. The film pulls the audience through a dark portal into a PTSD memory smash and untangles a sticky web of trauma and resentment. Combining lush aesthetics and heartbreaking violence, VIOLATION is a turbulent, dreamy, feminist revenge fable that creates an intimate cataclysm of bloody and inevitable retribution.

With her marriage about to implode, Miriam returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law. But one evening a tiny slip in judgement leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling, and furious. Believing her sister to be in danger, Miriam decides she must protect her at all costs, but the price of revenge is high and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel.

About Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli – Writers, Producers, Directors:

Madeleine and Dusty met at the 2015 TIFF Talent Lab and experienced an instant convergence of minds, quickly joining forces as a filmmaking team.

Highly focused on a naturalistic performance style and visual aesthetic, their films explore gender politics, selfishness, and abuse of power. Their short film Slap Happy screened at BFI London Film Festival, VIFF and Slamdance, among others. Their second short Woman in Stall won the Jury Award for Narrative Student Short at the Austin Film Festival and the Narrative Shorts Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance, and their most recent short Chubby premiered at Telluride and won an Honourable Mention for outstanding acting at Slamdance and the Silver Dragon for Best Directing at Krakow.

Violation is their first feature film.

Image Copyright and Credit: DM Films.

F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.