Allie MacDonald will be Edie Soames, a young woman whose suffering seeks an outlet in brutal violence, in the last five episodes of CARDINAL, a six-episode miniseries based on Giles Blunt‘s award-winning mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow. John Doyle, writing about CARDINAL for The Globe and Mail, called MacDonald’s performance “fiercely good”, and went on to say that CARDINAL :…is about duality. The two cops, Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Delorme (Karine Vanasse), opposites yet united. One’s an Anglo, the other is Québécois. There is Cardinal’s personal life and his public life. There is a series of contrasts between couples who are bound together for different reasons.” Directed by Daniel Grou (who also directed the award-winning series 19-2), and filmed in North Bay, Ontario, CARDINAL premiered on CTV in Canada on 25 January. It will be released in Sweden on 15 February.
MENORCA, starring Tammy Gillis as the restless soccer mom Claire, will be screened at Cinequest at the Century 20 Theatre in Redwood City, California. Showtimes are: 1 March at 9:25pm, 2 March at 4:45pm, 4 March at 10:35pm, and 10 March at 4pm.
UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, a modern version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Cindy Busby as Elizabeth, and Gillis as Jenna Scott (Elizabeth’s older sister) will be released on DVD on 2 May (pre-order not yet available). The film will next air on The Hallmark Channel on 9 February at 8pm.
Greg Bryk (WYNONNA EARP’s Jack the Ripper) stars as Jack Davis, an architect’s husband, in HIGH RISE RESCUE, the story of Beth Davis (played by Catherine Bell), a successful architect who receives news while on a business trip that her family is trapped on the 55th floor of a towering inferno that she designed. Beth returns to Chicago and sneaks into the burning building in an effort to get them out. Filmed in Hamilton, Ontario, HIGH RISE RESCUE should be released later this year. — Bryk is also Cobbs Pond in FRONTIER, an intense depiction of the North American fur trade in the early nineteenth century. The six episode first season of that aired last year on DISCOVERY CANADA, and can currently be streamed on Netflix in the US. (The cast of FRONTIER also includes Raoul Max Trujillo, who played LOST GIRL’s season two uber-villain The Garuda, and Shawn Doyle, who was Isaac Taft, LOST GIRL’s big bad in season three.)