Nasty Girl Films is a new initiative to develop and shoot stories that reflect the world, unvarnished. The controversial name is no accident. Google ‘Nasty Girl Films’ and you’ll unleash the most debased portraits of women the porn industry can conjure up. We’d like to change that conversation with some alternative films of our own. Movies about ordinary people, facing extraordinary challenges. Women and men. With their clothes on :).
The idea started with writer/director Audrey Arkins who began her career lecturing in Politics at Universities in Ireland where she was born. She made her first Documentary For Channel Four in the UK, profiling Irish Prime Minister, Garrett Fitzgerald. After relocating to the US, she wrote and produced wildlife documentaries filmed as far away as the Serengeti, the Great Barrier Reef, the Kalahari, the Himalayas and Madagascar. She never set out to make such films. The reality of the programming market is that armchair wildlife travel is easier to sell. Investigative docs about missing children and human trafficking are tough propositions, largely because they’re tough to watch. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
After starting a family and needing to stay put, Audrey turned to screenwriting. She co-wrote Missing Brendan (2004), & Farewell (2009). She’s been hired to write multiple screenplays including Inkotanyi – the story of the rebels who stopped the Rwandan Genocide and Zoya, the story of a ballet prodigy who beats formidable odds. Her script Elyse is slated to shoot in early 2019, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins.
It was while filming at-risk youth moving in and out of the criminal justice system that Audrey was inspired to write the short film American Boy – about a kid sabotaged by adult problems.
The short will hopefully become the stepping stone to directing the controversial feature script, Miss America. This story is in no small way inspired by the absurd political moment we find ourselves in. Power is now concentrated in the hands of mostly old men looking to roll back essential freedoms in women’s reproductive rights – rights that many of us believed we had won long ago. Despite a contentious debate that’s been raging for decades, what is missing is fair and proper scrutiny of abortion in popular film. Every other taboo subject has gotten its big screen close up – except this last one which is generally skirted around to avoid backlash. Whether the matter is looked at from a pro or anti-choice POV is not important, its that its considered at all. The story Miss America pitches for the middle, depicting the intensely personal perspective of one girl confronted with the choice. How well she handles it is for the audience to decide – after they’ve had the chance to witness her story in context.
Nasty Girl Films hopes to expand as a forum for like minded filmmakers to showcase their work. Anyone interested in submitting films to be streamed on the site may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Backlinks and credits for filmmakers will be featured prominently.