Mung-Ling Tsui (Empress Ishida in “Sometimes in Life You Don’t Get To Choose“) will be Nai Nai (Tia’s grandmother) in THE SWAN (aka “Dancing In The Shadow of Mao”), a film adaptation of Agnes Bristow’s biography of Tia (Tiejun) Zhang, a young ballerina who grew up in Maoist China. The book follows Tia as she gains acceptance at China’s first professional ballet school and goes on to become one of the country’s leading experts in traditional Chinese dance. Then her life of privilege is interrupted by the Cultural Revolution. Tia is played by Kristina Tonteri-Young (who will be Sister Beatrice in Simon Barry’s WARRIOR NUN), and Russell Yuen appears as Tia’s father. Directed by Lief Bristow from a screenplay by Agnes Bristow, THE SWAN will be released in Canada on 1 December. Continue reading →
Andrew Moodie (Teku Fonsai) will be Roger in AVOCADO TOAST a ten-episode series which stars Perrie Voss and Heidi Lynch as thirty-something best friends Ellie and Molly, who find their lives suddenly disrupted by unexpected events. Ellie learns that her parents are divorcing because her mom had an affair with a much younger man. Molly, a Grade 8 teacher, falls in love with a woman for the first time, and comes out as bisexual to her parents, who promptly come out as swingers who throw sex parties. ORPHAN BLACK’s Kristian Bruun is also in the cast. AVOCADO TOAST will premiere in Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa on OutTV on 18 May. (In the US, the show can be pre-ordered from Vimeo on Demand.) A trailer is available on YouTube. Continue reading →
The 2020 Canadian Screen Awards nominees have been announced. Four cast members and three directors from DARK MATTER have been nominated.
- Roger Cross (Kal Varrick) is nominated for Best Lead Actor, Drama for his role as Lt. Donavan McAvoy on the CBC series CORONER.
- Amanda Tapping, who directed “Welcome To Your New Home” is nominated for Best Director, Drama Series for the ANNE WITH AN E episode “Great and Sudden Change“.
- Kate Drummond (Sajen in “The Dwarf Star Conspiracy“) is nominated for Best Lead Performance, TV Movie for her role as Claire Porter in “Nowhere to be Found” (US title “Secrets In A Small Town“).
- Gail Harvey, who directed “One Last Card to Play“, is nominated for Best Direction, TV Movie for the Lifetime movie “No One Would Tell“.
- Jason Priestly, who directed “She’s One of Them Now“) is nominated for Best Lead Actor, Comedy for his role as Matt Shade on the Global TV series “Private Eyes“.
- Amanda Brugel (Keeley in Episode 1.1) is nominated for Best Guest Performance, Comedy, for her role as Pastor Nina Gomez on KIM’S CONVENIENCE.
- Marc Bendavid (Derrick Moss) is nominated for Best Lead Performance, Web Program or Series for his role as Charlie on HOW TO BUY A BABY.
Winners will be announced in a series of events over Canadian Screen Week (23-29 March) culminating in a Gala broadcast live on CBC and the CBC Gem streaming service on Sunday 29 March. Continue reading →