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Black Conflux ()


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The seemingly separate lives of an anxious, disillusioned teen girl and a troubled, alienated man converge fatefully in this haunting exploration of womanhood, isolation, and toxic masculinity, set in 1980s Newfoundland.

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Margaret
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Dennis Smarten
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Donovan
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Amber Murphy
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Jackie Dunphy
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Aunt Augustine
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Tracey Mulligan
Steve O'Connell ...
Bartender
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James
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Convenience store clerk
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Brunette Woman
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Murray
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Mary
Amelia Manuel ...
Amy
Hannah Wadman-Scanlan ...
Fantasy girl on bike
Darryl Hopkins ...
Mr. MacKenzie
Judy Hancock ...
Waitress
Megan Jones ...
Ms. O'Brien
Alexis Koetting ...
Intoxicated Woman
Zara Matthews ...
Ellen
Carlos L. Sanyer ...
Doctor
Natalia Hennelly ...
Susan
Andrew Tremblett ...
Nick
Mike Bruff ...
Mall security guard
James Murphy ...
Teen boy in mall
John Wadman-Scanlan ...
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Andrew Kay ...
Max

Directed by

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Nicole Dorsey

Written by

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Nicole Dorsey ... ()

Produced by

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Mark O'Neill ... producer
Michael Solomon ... producer

Cinematography by

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Marie Davignon

Editorial Department

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Marc Boucrot ... colorist
Sophie Leblond ... editor
Arthur Tarnowski ... trailer editor

Casting By

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Matthew Lessall

Production Design by

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Melanie Garros

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Hilary Thomson

Costume Design by

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Christine Kenny

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Jacqueline Hynes ... PA AD department
Terry Stone ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Gina Rae Anderson ... buyer
Stephen Jefford ... set dresser
Andy Pyne ... property master
Lucy Silversides ... graphic designer
Hilary Thomson ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Daniel Bisson ... foley recordist
Paul Lucien Col ... sound designer
Bertrand Duranleau ... foley recordist
Harvey Hyslop ... boom operator
Evan Jerred ... supervising sound editor
Hans Laitres ... re-recording mixer
Simon Meilleur ... foley artist
Scott Yates ... sound recordist

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Geoff Hill ... special effects supervisor

Stunts

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Shannon Crotty ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jeff Baggs ... best boy
Greg Davis ... electrician
Duncan De Young ... still photographer
Aaron Elliott ... digital imaging technician
Flora Planchat ... gaffer
Kyla Smith ... camera trainee

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lisa Machin ... costume set supervisor
Melanie Mooney ... assistant costume designer
Connie Walsh ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Alex White ... Locations Production Assistant

Music Department

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Evan Dubinsky ... music supervisor
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter ... music clearance coordinator

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Shelly England ... background performer: Dancer

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Plot Summary

Set in suburban Newfoundland in 1987, Nicole Dorsey's debut feature Black Conflux is a dreamy account of two converging lives. Fifteen-year-old Jackie (Ella Ballentine) is navigating from vulnerable adolescence to impending adulthood. Dennis (Ryan McDonald) is a socially inept loner with a volatile dark streak and delusional fantasies of adoring women at his beck and call. The film opens with Jackie auditioning for her school choir with a gorgeous rendition of "Hey, Who Really Cares?" by little-known 1970s psychedelic folk singer Linda Perhacs. It's a symbolic opening for a promising young woman from a broken home. Raised by her aunt and living under the cloud of all the failures endured by the women in her family, Jackie finds herself giving in to internal and external pressures - partying, skipping school, and hitchhiking - in search of her own identity. Her choices leave her speeding inevitably towards Dennis, whose car doubles as a venue for his violent desires. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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