Jovanka Vuckovic’s 1995 apocalypse sci-fi Riot Girls starts filming, sounds awesome

The XX director is shooting her debut feature and we can’t wait

Production is now underway on Jovanka Vuckovic’s post-apocalyptic Riot Girls and we have to say…we cannot wait.

Screen Daily reported that the director, whose previous work includes the excellent short The Captured Bird and The Box segment of horror anthology XX, has started filming her first feature film, and we are loving the plot synopsis:

“Set in an alternate 1995, after a mysterious disease has wiped out all of the adults, two gangs are pitted against each other in a brutal war for territory, resources and survival.

The film is set four years after a mysterious illness has killed all adults. The town of Potter’s Bluff has been divided into two rival factions, the ‘East side’, made up of scrappy scavengers living amongst the ruins, and the ‘West side’ which hoards its wealth in the former high school and is ruled by Jeremy, a brutal dictator.

When Jack, an eastsider, is forced to kill two westsiders while on a scavenging mission, he is captured and taken back to the West side where he awaits public execution. Jack’s sister, Nat, and her best friend, Scratch, must cross into dangerous territory if they have any hope of saving him. Their treacherous journey reveals not only the power of their love, but the depths of their courage.”

The film stars  Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle) and Paloma Kwiatkowski (Richard Says Goodbye), and Katherine Collins, the writer of Netflix’s new Lost In Space series, provided the script.

Vuckovic said that “Riot Girls is not the kind of film women usually get to make, with characters that women don’t usually get to play, so I was naturally attracted to it. It’s also reminiscent of my favourite high concept cult films, and being an outsider myself, I can’t help but love a good misfit’s journey. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be at the helm of this genre-bending, punk rock, post-apocalypse film.”

When we spoke to the filmmaker about XX, she described the movie thusly: “It’s not a horror movie, it’s a sci-fi action movie with kids, I keep calling it a post-apocalyptic coming-of-rage love story! It’s not a horror film but it’s got kids doing horrible violence to each other so it’s not exactly a family movie either! ”

We’re definitely going to be keeping a close eye on this one. And, to make that easier, Vuckovic is documenting the shoot on her Twitter.


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