Jovanka Vuckovic Directing Science-Fiction Actioner ‘Riot Girls’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Riot Girls Director Jovanka Vuckovic
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Clique Pictures has tapped “XX”director Jovanka Vuckovic to helm the post-apocalyptic feature film “Riot Girls.”

The story, scripted by Katherine Collins, is set in a world where adults have mysteriously died and resources are scarce with a teenage girl called to action when her brother is captured by rivals and set to be executed. Joined by the girl who has always loved her and the boy who wants to love her, the threesome tear through the crumbling suburbs on a violent road marked by betrayal, sexual discovery, and brutal justice.

“’Riot Girls’ isn’t a simple post apocalypse tale, a violent survivalist horror story, a queer romance, or a kids adventure film — it’s all of those things blended together beautifully,” Vuckovic said.

Vuckovic won the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival Best Short award for “The Captured Bird,” which was executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. She also wrote and directed a segment for “XX,” the all-female horror anthology produced by XYZ Films, and is scheduled to direct the feature adaptation of Clive Barker’s “Jacqueline Ess” as well as her own thriller “All My Heroes Are Dead.”

Collins is currently working on the upcoming Netflix series “Lost In Space,” to be directed by Neil Marshall.

“Riot Girls” is currently casting. “With such an original and evocative story paired with Jovanka’s incredible talent and clear vision for ‘Riot Girls,’ I am excited to have her bring these characters and world to life,” said Lauren Grant of Clique Pictures.

The company produced the family drama “Surfacing” and the documentary “Traceable.”

The project was announced Thursday on the opening day of the Toronto Film Festival.

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St. Vincent to Make Directorial Debut in Female-Helmed Horror Film

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St. Vincent‘s Annie Clark will make her directorial debut with a segment in XX, an upcoming anthology horror film composed of four shorts starring and helmed entirely by women.

Clark will film her portion of the movie this spring, though no details were offered regarding the cast or plot. Clark did, however, co-write her segment with burgeoning genre star Roxanne Benjamin, who produced 2014’s Faults and the V/H/S films, and made her directorial debut in the 2015 anthology film, Southbound.

Along with Clark, XX will feature segments from Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, Æon Flux, Girlfight), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance, Chained, episodes of The Walking Dead) and Jovanka Vuckovic (the 2013 short The Guest, and a former editor of the horror culture magazine, Rue Morgue)
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GAME OF THRONES STAR LENA HEADEY AND DIRECTOR JOVANKA VUCKOVIC TEAM UP FOR ADAPTATION OF CLIVE BARKER’S JACQUELINE ESS

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GAME OF THRONES STAR LENA HEADEY AND DIRECTOR JOVANKA VUCKOVIC TEAM UP FOR ADAPTATION OF CLIVE BARKER’S JACQUELINE ESS

TORONTO, CANADA– Monday May 5th, 2014 –Raven Banner Entertainment and Seraphim Films today announced actress Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300, Dredd) has been attached to co-produce and play the titular role in the feature film adaptation of Clive Barker’s Jacqueline Ess, to be helmed by director Jovanka Vuckovic.

“Lena Headey is a marvelous performer with an incredible presence,” says executive producer Clive Barker. “As far as I’m concerned, there is no better choice of actress for the role of Jacqueline. Her beauty and authority will carry the day.”

Jacqueline Ess is the first feature from Vuckovic, whose film credits include the award-winning short film The Captured Bird from executive producer Guillermo del Toro, and the groundbreaking all-female horror anthology XX.

“Jovanka Vuckovic’s vision for Jacqueline Ess is at once devastating and beautiful,” Barker says. “Let there be no question: this is the film she was born to make.”

Adds Vuckovic: “I have coveted Jacqueline Ess for many years. And for as many years, I have imagined Lena Headey in the role, so I am absolutely thrilled that she and I will be teaming up to bring Clive’s phantasmagoric, feminist body horror story to life onscreen.”

Jacqueline Ess tells the sexually charged tale of a woman who, in her thirst for change, achieves the ability to transform people’s bodies at will. It originally appeared in Barker’s acclaimed Books of Blood anthologies, which also include stories that inspired the horror films Lord of Illusions and Candyman.

“All of us at Raven Banner have been huge fans of Clive’s Jacqueline Ess for years,” says managing partner Andrew Hunt. “It has all the qualities one wants in a modern horror film. We’re honoured to have Lena and Jovanka join the team.”

Headey and Vuckovic will serve as co-producers on the film along with Raven Banner. This is a story that is very personal to Barker and as a result, he, along with Seraphim’s Mark Miller and Ben Meares will serve as executive producers.The script, which is being co-written by Vuckovic and Christian Francis, is currently underway. Jacqueline Ess is slated to go into production in late 2014.

Jovanka Vuckovicis an award-winning filmmaker and author. She has released several critically acclaimed short films that have played notable festivals around the world and is currently co-producing the first ever all-female horror anthology with XYZ Films.

About Seraphim Inc: 

Seraphim is Clive Barker’s production company. For more than twenty years, Seraphim has brought Clive’s work to global audiences as he explores his imagination through multiple media.

About Raven Banner Entertainment

Raven Banner Entertainment is a sales, distribution and production company based in Toronto specializing in genre films for the worldwide market.

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