HAPPILY EVER AFTER – a film by Joan Carr-Wiggin – SPOILERS
Peter Firth as Heather’s dad, and Alex Kingston as Sarah Ann’s mom. Ria, the name of Alex Kingston’s character, means “estuary” in Spanish. An estuary is the tidal mouth of a river. Kingston is best known for the role of River Song on Dr. Who.
In this wonderful and surprising mirror-universe version of a greeting card movie, the protagonist returns home after a long absence, full of sarcasm and anxious to get back to her real life, and then reconnects with her high school bestie. But instead of discovering that home is where the heart is, and rekindling romance with her high school sweetheart, she takes advantage of events to infect the town with her own realism.
Heather (Janet Montgomery) reluctantly returns home (at the urging of her father’s doctor) expecting to find her alcoholic father near death. Like so many things in this film, that is kind of true but not really. Her high school best friend (whom she hasn’t seen in many years) is the about-to-be-married Sarah Ann (Sara Paxton), and she is (almost but not quite) happy for the reunion. She hires Heather to film her wedding. Continue reading →
LOVE OF MY LIFE – written and directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin – SPOILERS
Anna Chancellor as Grace, an architect who is afflicted with both a brain tumor and an amazingly needy family.
This comedy is not dark. LOVE OF MY LIFE is a tale that pokes fun at the darkness.
Grace (Anna Chancellor) has a brain tumor and has been told she might die. She makes the mistake of informing her husband Tom (James Fleet) of this dire fact, and because of that the movie begins with Grace reluctantly comforting a sobbing Tom (who is genuinely off-putting). So the film gets off on the wrong foot. Hopeful of keeping information about her medical condition between the two of them, Grace asks her husband not to tell anyone. He immediately phones their daughter Kaitlyn (Hannah Emily Anderson) and that opens the floodgates. Continue reading →
Kate Corbett as Lady in Ana Valine’s film ONCE THERE WAS A WINTER
Kate Corbett (Stacey in three episodes of LG Season 5) is Lady in the thriller ONCE THERE WAS A WINTER, a film about a young biology student (Corbett) who finds herself trapped in a double-wide trailer with a hunter, a welder, a plumber, and a cabinet full of guns, and learns the hard way about surviving in the Canadian north. Writer/director Ana Valine told Dana Gee of the Vancouver Sun that while writing the script, she drew on her own memories of landing in the midst of a very male world and needing to change the way she presented herself. “In my late 20s I worked up on the pipeline in northern Alberta,”, Valine said. “I had heard of a few situations and had some tense nights myself. It sat with me for years and years, and I basically let my imagination go with it and I wrote it in three weekends…I was the only female on the crew up there. You are in a very masculine world. It’s no place to sort of assert feminism and still be safe. So you have to kind of roll with a lot of it.” A trailer is available. Filmed fifteen miles outside of Dawson Creek, ONCE THERE WAS A WINTER will next screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival on 6 October at at 4:30pm. Continue reading →