Awards Daily talks to writer/director Chloe Domont about her fiery thriller Fair Play and what made her write one of the most controversial films of the year.
Netflix’s Fair Play is an interesting Rorschach test. A couple might press “Play” on the sexual thriller and subsequently go from “Netflix and Chill” to “Netflix and Grill” for the divisive responses it elicits, which is a testament to Domont’s first-rate script and astute direction.
“It’s not enough to just make a good movie,” said Domont. “I’d see good movies, but they’re not necessarily films that I’m going to think about five minutes later. For me, I killed myself trying to make a film that would cause a conversation and debate over these subject matters that are not talked about, and that’s why I set out to make this film, to show how much these ingrained power dynamics still have over us in a post-#MeToo world.”
I had a great conversation with Domont about her first feature-length film, including how the idea for the story came about, what she set out to protect in the script as a director, and whether she considers it an erotic thriller, in the same vein as Fatal Attraction and others from the late ’80s/early ’90s.
Watch the interview below. Warning: Spoilers for Fair Play ahead!