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Towards a Canadian Cinema: Future//Present and Viff 2016

29 November 2016 9:07 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Last year the The Globe & Mail released an article entitled "What is Wrong with the Canadian Film Industry?" that outlined the problems facing our country’s cinema: low box-office numbers, a crisis of English-Canadian identity, an inability to compete with Hollywood entertainments etc., etc. Focused entirely on the industry, the piece fails to mention the resurgence that had been taking root for quite some time. 2015 was an important year for Canadian cinema, but while Room, Hyena Road and Wet Bum ate up the article’s word count, three of the year’s great Canadian films by emerging directors went unnoticed: Isiah Medina’s 88:88, Kurt Walker’s Hit 2 Pass, and Kazik Radwanski’s How Heavy This Hammer. Equating cinema with ‘content,’ a product to be bought and sold, the article is as much a reflection of the problems with Canadian cinema as an exposition of it. But this insidious »

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Pet Acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films

4 October 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A kidnapper gets more than he bargained for in Pet. Starring Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, and Jennette McCurdy, the psychological horror film has been acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films, with Us theatrical, VOD, and DVD release dates slated for December.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (October 4, 2016) – Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that they have acquired the psychological thriller Pet, directed by Carles Torrens and written by Jeremy Slater. The film stars Dominic Monaghan (Lost, The Lord Of The Rings Series), Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Lost Girl), and Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). Pet had its World Premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the film in U.S. theaters and on demand on December 2, 2016, and it will be available on DVD on December 27.

In the vein of Hard Candy and Gone Girl, Pet »

- Derek Anderson

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Alias Grace: Filming Begins on Netflix and CBC Miniseries

8 September 2016 7:43 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Production has begun in Toronto, on the Alias Grace TV show coming to Netflix and CBC. Based on the Margaret Atwell novel, the six-hour mini is inspired by the true story of Grace Marks who was convicted of murdering Nancy Montgomery and Thomas Kinnear. Alias Grace will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and will stream globally – everywhere outside of Canada – on Netflix.Alias Grace stars: Sarah Gadon, Anna Paquin, Zachary Levi, Paul Gross, Edward Holcroft, Kerr Logan, Rebecca Liddiard, and Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg. Atwell has a brief cameo. The murder-mystery drama is written and produced by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Harron. Get the details from this Netflix press release. Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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David Cronenberg Joins Cast of Sarah Polley’s ‘Alias Grace’ Series

7 September 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It was announced earlier this year that writer, director and actress Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell,” “Take This Waltz”) would be adapting and producing the beloved Margaret Atwood novel “Alias Grace” as a six part mini-series for Netflix, starring Sarah Gadon, Anna Paquin, Paul Gross, and now, David Cronenberg.

Read More: ‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

Alias Grace” is based on the real-life 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in Canada, and the controversial convictions of two household servants, Grace Marks and James McDermott. It is told from the point of view of a fictional narrator, Dr. Simon Jordan, who is researching the case. While McDermott was faced with the death sentence, Grace Marks was sentenced to life in prison, despite her undetermined involvement in the crime. She was absolved of the crime 30 years later.

Read More: David Cronenberg: Why »

- Annakeara Stinson

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David Cronenberg Joins Cast of Sarah Polley’s ‘Alias Grace’ Series

7 September 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was announced earlier this year that writer, director and actress Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell,” “Take This Waltz”) would be adapting and producing the beloved Margaret Atwood novel “Alias Grace” as a six part mini-series for Netflix, starring Sarah Gadon, Anna Paquin, Paul Gross, and now, David Cronenberg.

Read More: ‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

Alias Grace” is based on the real-life 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in Canada, and the controversial convictions of two household servants, Grace Marks and James McDermott. It is told from the point of view of a fictional narrator, Dr. Simon Jordan, who is researching the case. While McDermott was faced with the death sentence, Grace Marks was sentenced to life in prison, despite her undetermined involvement in the crime. She was absolved of the crime 30 years later.

Read More: David Cronenberg: Why »

- Annakeara Stinson

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Exclusive Interview with Rj Lackie & Steph Quaknine, producers of Inhuman Condition

17 July 2016 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In an exclusive interview, Flickering Myth’s Tony Black sat down with his old friend Rj Lackie, writer of web series Inhuman Condition we recently featured, and fellow producer Steph Quaknine, to talk how the production came to be, and the future of web series development…

Obvious first question, but where did the idea for Inhuman Condition come from?

Rj: It started out in a shockingly pragmatic fashion: Budget concerns. Four years ago, when I was in university, I was preparing for my fourth-year major project (for which we choose between writing or production), and I was considering production. I knew, either way, I wanted to do a dramatic web series. I knew that, on a microbudget, my biggest selling point would be giving great actors room for strong performances, much like HBO’s In Treatment. At the time I was also a huge fan of Supernatural, which had developed a strong online fanbase. »

- Tony Black

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'Room' sweeps Canadian Screen Awards

14 March 2016 4:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Irish-Canadian co-production took home nine prizes at Canada’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Irish-Canadian co-production Room dominated the Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday night, winning nine prizes including best film for producers David Gross and Ed Guiney.

Lead actress Brie Larson repeated her triumph at this year’s Oscars and BAFTAs by winning best actress, while breakout star Jacob Tremblay took best actor.

Accepting the award from veteran Christopher Plummer, 77 years his senior, the young actor said: “This is amazing. I can’t believe a kid like me won against a bunch of amazing talent. Christopher Plummer, you’re a legend.”

The film also took awards for director Lenny Abrahamson, Emma Donoghue’s adapted screenplay, and Joan Allen’s supporting performance, as well as prizes for editing, make-up and production design.

Elsewhere, Irish romantic drama Brooklyn took two awards, for Michael Brook’s original score and Yves Bélanger’s cinematography.

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Review: Hyena Road Straddles A Blurred Line

11 March 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Hyena Road is a bit of a difficult film to quantify. On the one hand, it follows perhaps a bit too closely to some cliched images and story formats of soldiers at war. On the other, it has an earnestness and frequently a humility that perhaps could only come from a Canadian perspective of a war that has seemingly little purpose. Paul Gross' third feature film, and his second about Canadian soldiers (his second film, Passchendaele, focused on Wwi), attempts and mostly succeeds at a balanced perspective, neither completely exonerating nor villifying either side in the war. Set in Kandahar province in Afghanistan, Ryan Sanders (Rossif Sutherland), an expert sharpshooter, and his team, manage to escape being killed by a group of Taliban fighters due...

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Rossif Sutherland and Jamie M. Dagg talk about their intense, moral thriller River

10 March 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Jamie M. Dagg's debut feature film, River, is an intense, thought-provoking, moral fable about an American doctor working in Laos, who after a night of drinking, intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman. In an act of impulse, anger, and violence, John Lake (Rossif Sutherland) has his life turned upside down and is now on the run from the authorities within a country that holds no mercy.

Sometimes even our best intentions can lead us down the wrong path. River is a thrilling film about a man on the run, but it grapples with very deep issues, and definitely challenges the binaries of right and wrong. It's a stunning debut feature with a powerhouse performance from Sutherland, who last starred in Paul GrossHyena Road.

We had the opportunity to talk to director Jamie M. Dagg and star Rossif Sutherland about River, which has just won »

- Adriana Floridia

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[Review] Hyena Road

9 March 2016 12:31 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As unusual as it may seem, filmmaker Guy Maddin made a documentary about the making of a mid-budget Canadian war film called Hyena Road with his creative partners Evan and Galen Johnson. Titled Bring Me The Head of Tim Horton, Maddin and company take a tongue-in-cheek look behind the scenes, offering some truly twisted and intentionally warped imagery in the style of their recent gem, The Forbidden Room. It’s a hilariously strange short film, and a perfect Hyena Road companion piece, one which Maddin playfully compared to Hearts of Darkness, the essential documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. Tim Horton‘s parent film, Hyena Road, is less essential, but nonetheless a well-crafted piece of technical filmmaking.

Set in and around Kandahar, Afghanistan, the film follows ground-level soldiers overseeing the construction of a road built for military use — one called (you guessed it!) Hyena Road. Unlike Michael Bay’s »

- Tony Hinds

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Exclusive: Even The Dirt Is Hostile In Clip From Afghanistan War Drama 'Hyena Road'

4 March 2016 10:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Canadian filmmaker and actor Paul Gross is no stranger to tacking tales of war. In 2008 he released "Passchendaele," his epic take on the titular battle, and now, eight years later, he's back with "Hyena Road," a new feature that takes on the contemporary, complicated war in Afghanistan.  Read More: 'Demolition,' 'Spotlight,' And 'Hyena War' In The Mix To Open Tiff Starring Rossif Sutherland, Christine Horne, Nabil Elouahabi, Niamatullah Arghandabi, Allan Hawco, Clarke Johnson, and Gross himself, the drama follows Canadian troops in Afghanistan who weather Taliban attacks while struggling to complete construction on a crucial highway link. Here's the official synopsis: Three men, three different paths, caught in conflict but brought together to save lives: a highly skilled sniper who can’t think of his targets as human; an intelligence officer who has never killed while on duty; and a legendary Afghan warrior who left war behind but gets. »

- Edward Davis

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Brooklyn and Room among Canadian Screen Award nominees

19 January 2016 9:04 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Canadian film shines at the Canadian Screen Awards, the prestigious awards ceremony that honours Canadian produced feature film and television.  This morning the nominees were announced for the CSAs, by Canadian television actors Lyriq Bent ("Book of Negroes") and Aislinn Paul ("Degrassi"). 

Academy Award contenders Room and Brooklyn were recognized amongst films from Quebecois filmmakers and other prominent Canadian directors. Namely, Atom Egoyan’s RememberPaul Gross’ Hyena Road, and Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room have all been nominated in various categories.

Many titles that were included at the Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival, an honour awarded by a panel of judges who select the top 10 films produced in Canada, made by a Canadian director, and that were released either commercially or at a major film festival in Canada. Les Demons, Sleeping Giant, The Forbidden Room, Our Loved Ones, and My Internship in Canada all were honoured by the Tiff this year, »

- Adriana Floridia

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