Nemesis Game tells the story of a young philosphy major, Sara Novak, who gets caught up in a curious underground riddle game. As she picks up riddles in the dark, forgotten corners of the city, Sara becomes unwittingly ensnared in a murderous game orchestrated by a mysterious stranger.
A co-production between New Zealand, Canada and the UK, Nemesis Game began as an idea by director Jesse Warn to write a screenplay around the idea that riddles are a metaphor for life. Warn and his producing partner Matthew Metcalfe teamed up with Canadian producer Suzanne Berger and British producer Alex Brown.
The first challenge was casting the film within the confines of treaty co-productions. Three up and coming Canadian actors were cast in lead roles - Carly Pop, Brendan Fehr and Jay Baruchel; they were joined by award winning veterans Adrian Paul (UK), Ian McShane (UK) and Rena Owen (NZ).
Nemesis Game is set in Canada, however the city of Hamilton (NZ) with its gritty industrial side and beautiful university grounds played the part of Toronto for many exterior scenes.