A ten year-old tomboy must weigh her loyalty to her trusted older brother as she becomes complicit in a hate crime to win his affection.
Director's Comments on the film
When I sat down to write Bombshell, I knew I wanted to examine the struggle of a young girl coming into her own, to revisit childhood as that point in our lives when we haven’t yet absorbed socially constructed notions which can later prejudice our actions as adults.
I grew up in a quiet suburb, a world not too different from that of our protagonist, Daisy. It was a place where people knew each other well, where tradition held utmost importance and variance was not common. This space was meant to be safe and ordered, but as darker realities inevitably arose from beneath the veil, we were taught to omit them.
Encountering these enigmas was frightening, and when forced to confront that which could not be known, fear frequently cultivated cruelty. The scattered “others” who violated the illusion of normalcy were often punished.
As children, we clung to those closest to us, those whom we trusted, those whom we maintained an unwavering desire to please, those without whom we were utterly helpless. This dynamic forms the essence of Daisy’s precarious relationship with her older brother Jude, whose affection and acceptance she pursues tirelessly.
Though the events which transpire in Bombshell are fictitious, I believe they reflect certain universal experiences, the striking instances in which those whom we assume to be good do bad, and those heartbreaking moments when we must reconsider our faith in them.
As a filmmaker, I’m sensitive to the fact that our medium possesses not only the ability to reflect prejudices, but also to reproduce them. I don't insist that an audience think a certain way, but rather aim to invite viewers to participate, to draw their own conclusions and contemplate their own assumptions.
WINNER - YOUTH JURY AWARD, IRIS PRIZE 2014
HIGHLY COMMENDED - IRIS PRIZE 2014
WINNER - FIRST PRIZE, NYU FIRST RUN FILM FESTIVAL 2013
WINNER - BEST DIRECTOR , NYU FIRST RUN FILM FESTIVAL 2013
WINNER - BEST SCREENPLAY, NYU FIRST FUN FILM FESTIVAL 2013
WINNER - BEST FILM, FUSION FILM FESTIVAL 2013
WINNER - BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, FUSION FILM FESTIVAL 2013