Soap

An unhappily married woman finds herself in a sticky situation when she discovers her lover dead in the shower after having slipped on a bar of soap.

Creative team

Writer/director: Dusty Mancinelli
Producer: Harry Cherniak

Filmmaker’s statement

“I think everyone has a different boiling point. There are certain situations that can thrust people into an emotionally disruptive state where it’s difficult to take control and make the right decision. These are the moments where we are the most vulnerable and our social masks are stripped away.

This is the subject matter that I wanted to explore in this film. Soap examines the consequences of our actions and how making decisions under pressure can reveal our true nature.

In terms of production, we shot the film over a week during a blistering cold winter. As Murphy’s law would have it, anything that could go wrong did go wrong. At one point, our low cost ’80s picture vehicle even caught on fire! Thankfully we had a wonderful cast and crew that worked relentlessly hard to make this story come to life.”

About Dusty Mancinelli

Dusty is a Toronto-based writer and director. His short films Soap (2009), Pathways (2011) and Broken Heart Syndrome (2012) all premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and have screened at festivals around the world, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival and Palm Springs International ShortFest.

His films have aired on CBC’s Canadian Reflections and on Air Canada’s enRoute In-Flight Entertainment.

In 2013, his Dexter spec script was a semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.

From 2007 until 2011, Dusty worked as an assistant to Deepa Mehta. He was the stills photographer and director of the behind-the-scenes featurette for Mehta’s 2008 film, Heaven on Earth, and her feature film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children.

Dusty holds a BFA with honours in film production from York University and is the recipient of the Helen Vari Film Award.

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