Case of The Massey Bodice Ripping

Screening Selection

Nominated for:Best Short Film

Film Info

Film Year: 2018

Film Duration: 16 min

Country: Canada

Language: English


Karen Knox

Film Category

Case of the Massey Bodice Ripping is a short film that, through satire, works to illuminate the overwhelmingly poor use of rape as a plot device in film and TV since, well since forever. Case of the Massey Bodice Ripping takes the classic murder mystery genre and turns it on its head. Inspired partly by one of Toronto’s most infamous crimes; ‘The Massey murder of 1915,’ this historical satire re-imagines the notorious Massey family on their country estate in 1932 the night after Matriarch Helen Massey’s daughter Lara has been raped. Enter Detective Tracey Halt, ready to expose sexual prejudice, catch a criminal, and serve justice for the long suffering female characters of media’s ‘period pieces.’ As Tracey starts to uncover the identity of the sexual predator, the true crime of the assault begins to emerge – no one has listened to the survivor, the woman, the uncomfortable truth.