When Darren agrees to give Irene a ride to a birthday party, we journey into the depths of his fragile ego as it becomes clear that the reality of the evening will fall short of his deluded expectations. Starring and co-produced by Academy Award-nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Credits / Collaborators / Cast
BME Films in association with Center Wheel Productions present “Toxic.”
John Bain, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Nican Robinson, Liza Dean, Nicole Carmela, Byrne Owens, Gabriela Fresquez
Mike Manning & Tom Anderson
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Thomas Boucher
Mike Manning, Lauren Manning, Dane Naimy
Director of Photography
Supervising Sound Editor
Mark Camperell, cas/mpse
Karina Walters, csa
The story behind the film
I wanted to tell a story about “incels” without explicitly pointing a finger at them and saying “eww”. I thought it would be more interesting to look at a man who’s on the brink of radicalization. Our story follows him along on a seemingly innocuous evening, witnessing how he internalizes interactions with women in a way that makes him feel victimized. But even as he repeatedly studies himself in the mirror, he’s unable to self-reflect, clouded by a fog of toxic masculinity.