Desensitized by millennial romance, Rose and Teddy turn to a Tinder-esque sugar dating app for disposable income. “Daddy’s Playground,” created by and starring Boni Mata and Ashley Morgan, is a kinetic, darkly humorous tale of feminine agency, a “soft-core, arthouse, thriller, trash production” for a new era. Directed by Mitchell deQuilettes, the film characterizes its modern day (or near future) as a nihilistic hellhole. Its saviors, or at least its purveyors of justifiable revenge, are two young sex workers intent on carving out power in traditionally male-defined structures by swiping through a series of wealthy “Daddies,” and inflicting various forms of harm to them. Staking a claim as a serious response to gender inequalities, the film also maintains a self-aware fun with stylized performances and character archetypes — the cool, disaffected Rose, and the oddly funny sidekick, Teddy, rebelling with a winking brutality. [Watch on YouTube]. (17 minutes). Directed by Mitchell deQuilettes. Written by and starring Boni Mata and Ashley Morgan. Featuring Francesca Eastwood and Karim Saleh. DP: Michael Stine, Rick Darge. Edited/Produced by Mitchell deQuilettes, Boni Mata, Ashley Morgan.
For more on the film, read our interview with director Mitchell deQuilettes and writers/actors Boni Mata and Ashley Morgan, where they discuss how the project came to be, about finding the right tonal balance, and some recent films they’ve loved. [NoBudge Members Only - Become One Here]