(also Shauna MacDonald, Brittany Allen, Kate Corbett)
Kate Corbett (Stacey in “Sweet Valkyrie High“) will be Moira’s soon-to-be-married daughter Bonnie in AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS, an adaptation of the award-winning 2005 novel by Joan Clark about a gifted but mentally ill woman (Carolina Bartczak) who loses her two young children after she leaves them unattended on an island near her summer home. Although they are rescued unharmed, Moira’s husband Duncan (Christopher Jacot) ends their marriage and takes the children back to Scotland, leaving her to struggle with her demons. Twenty years later, she is astonished to see her now-grown daughter Bonnie being interviewed by a local TV station about a lecture she is to give, and her upcoming wedding in Halifax, and Moira realizes that she must risk her precarious mental health, and make a surprise appearance at the wedding. Director Deanne Foley told Meghan McCabe of CBC News: “It’s just such an exquisite novel…It’s about a mother and her connection with her daughters, and a really complex relationship with her love and art and her career, and I think any woman can relate to that.” AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS wrapped shooting in Newfoundland in July, and will be released early in 2018.
Erica Luttrell (Hale’s sister Val in “The Girl Who Fae’d With Fire“) will be Liz in the fourth episode of REVERIE, a show that stars Sarah Shahi as Mara Kint, a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior, who is brought in to save the victims of an advanced virtual reality program that (perhaps too effectively) allows players to “live their dreams”. (Episode four is titled “Blue is the Coldest Color“.) The ten episode series will air on NBC sometime later this year. Luttrell will be a guest at Clexacon 2018, 5-9 April in Las Vegas. (Zoie Palmer, Anna Silk, Rachel Skarsten, and Emily Andras will also be at Clexacon.)
Sima Fisher (Pool Party Woman #4 in “(Dis)Members Only“) is crowdfunding a new album. Her previous album, Set Me Free, is avaialbe on iTunes and Amazon. Fisher will make an appearance in Episode 2.3 of WORKIN’ MOMS, titled “The Holy Hole“, due to air on CBC on 23 January.
Shauna MacDonald (Dean Peretti in “O Kappa, My Kappa“) plays a reporter in BACKSTABBING FOR BEGINNERS, a film inspired by Michael Soussan’s memoir “Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy.”. It tells the story of a young United Nations program coordinator (Theo James) who stumbles on a conspiracy involving Iraqi oil reserves. Ben Kingsley is Michael’s boss, and Jacqueline Bisset appears as a French NGO activist overseeing food aid. A trailer is available on YouTube. Directed by Per Fly and filmed in Marrakech, BACKSTABBING FOR BEGINNERS will be released in Denmark (as Dobbeltspil) on 18 January. There is no word yet on a North American release date.
MacDonald is also Kim Fitcher in Lars Klevberg‘s horror film POLAROID, about high school loner Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) who comes into possession of a camera with a terrible secret power. (Those whose image is captured by it meet a tragic and violent end.) POLAROID will be in US theatres on 28 December 2018. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Brittany Allen (Della in “Delinquents“) is the recurring character Sabine Brighton on FALLING WATER, a series about three apparently unconnected people (played by David Ajala, Lizzie Brocheré, and Will Yun Lee), who come to the realization that they are all dreaming separate pieces of a common dream. Each of them is on a personal quest, and the clues they find in their collective dream help them solve their mysteries. FALLING WATER airs Saturdays at 10/9c on the USA Network. Allen will next appear in Episode 2.3 (titled “Safehouses”) scheduled for 20 January. (Season Two is on Bravo Canada sometime in the spring.)
Allen also sings, and released her first single, The Impossible, under the name Audrey (her middle name) in October. “I wrote this song,” Allen said, “from a place of feeling frustrated and helpless with way the world is. I want to personally stop turning a blind eye and being lulled into a state of complacency.”