Michael Malarkey is Cinch Barton in the crime thriller A VIOLENT SEPARATION, about a small town deputy sheriff (Norman, played by Brenton Thwaites) who, in 1983, covers up a murder committed by his older brother Ray (Ben Robson). Norman becomes romantically involved with the victim’s sister (Alicia Debnam-Carey), complicating the coverup. The story brings to mind the Springsteen song “Highway Patrolman” (from the Nebraska album). It will be Debnam-Carey’s first film appearance since THE 100 killed off her character. A trailer is available on YouTube. Directed by the Goetz brothers, A VIOLENT SEPARATION was filmed in and around New Orleans, and will be in select theatres and on VOD in the US on 17 May.
Aidan Gillen will star as James Joyce in JAMES AND LUCIA, a film written and directed by Robert Mullan, and set in the 1930’s, when Joyce was losing his eyesight and attempting to finish Finnegans Wake. Joyce was also trying to deal with the mental deterioration of his daughter, Lucia, who in her early to mid 20s was a professional dancer of some note in Paris. In an article for The Irish Times, Dierdre Mulrooney wrote: “A modern young woman, [Lucia] Joyce had a series of boyfriends. Not unlike the German expressionist dancer Mary Wigman, after a few broken engagements Joyce had a nervous breakdown. While Wigman survived hers to become one of the most important figures in modern dance, Joyce was incarcerated by her brother, Giorgio, and ended up trapped in mental asylums for most of her life.” JAMES AND LUCIA will begin production in Dublin in November.
Heather Doerksen (Donna Smith) is nominated for a 2019 Leo Award in the category Best Supporting Performance Female in a TV Movie for the role of Casey in “All of My Heart: The Wedding“, which will next air on The Hallmark Channel Sunday 2 June at 1am. Other nominees in that category are Sandy Sidhu, Alison Wandzura, and Rhonda Dent. (Winners will be announced June 1st.)
Doerksen posted the following on Instagram with this photo (above on mobile) on 30 April: “New show. This is all I can share til it airs. #heathersbox #bobbypins #itsasecret #whatatease #patienceisavirtue”
Ian Tracey (the fixer) will be Tank in A SCORE TO SETTLE, a film about an ex-enforcer for a local crime syndicate (Nicholas Cage), whose desire for revenge on his former employers (who arranged for him to be wrongfully imprisoned for twenty-two years) conflicts with his need to develop a relationship with his son. Directed by Shawn Ku, A SCORE TO SETTLE will be in theatres and on VOD on 2 August.
Tracey will also be Richard in the romantic fantasy ENDLESS, the story of Chris (Nicholas Hamilton) and Riley (Alexandra Shipp) two 19-year-old lovers separated when a fatal accident leaves Chris stranded between life and death. Chris is forced to watch Riley grieve until he can find a way to connect with her. ENDLESS is currently filming in and around Vancouver.