Anna Hopkins (Fairuza in “Johnny Dangerously“) will be Angela in 2 episodes of FOR THE RECORD, a series of six, ten-minute episodes is about the “life playlist” of an interconnected cast of characters. Each episode focuses on the album or song that provides a soundtrack for a pivotal moment in the characters’ lives. In the first episode (titled “There’s Always Spotify“) Angela and Ray, who have recently broken up, reconnect to divide their prized record collection. One album, “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys, seems non-negotiable, forcing the couple to address the root cause of their breakup. Karen LeBlanc (Banyon Grey in “Attack the Rack“) appears in episodes three and four as Henrietta, mother of Sara (Moni Ogunsuyi). All six episode of FOR THE RECORD will be available on Snackable TV in Canada on 24 October. Continue reading →
Sara Canning (Polly Miller in “Been Away“) is Venice in AN AWKWARD BALANCE (original title “Fucking Idiots”), a dark comedy about a married couple (Sarah and Mike, played by Stephan Lobo and Christina Sicoli) who find themselves in considerable financial difficulties and try to solve them by involving a “successful” friend Paul (Ben Cotton) in their S&M tinged personal spending aversion therapy. Paul then suffers a breakdown and confesses to his own financial problems and impending bankruptcy. Then Venice, an outsider, arrives, and adds a new perspective to the mix. Directed by David Milchard and written by Kris Elgstrand, AN AWKWARD BALANCE is expected to be released in Canada later this year.
Canning also stars as Maggie in the short film THE QUIETING. Maggie is a woman in her thirties who, on the eve of her first date with a woman, finds herself dealing with coming out in unexpected ways. Writer/director Ali LIebert told Adrian Mack of The Georgia Straight: “It is my story. It may seem kind of specific — a motherless, late-blooming queer — but I’m hoping the themes reach a wider group of people. I’ve only really been out for five years. There aren’t a lot of stories about people coming out in their 30s or older. The night before my first date with a woman was such a turning point for me, and it was something I felt I wanted to share.” THE QUIETING will screen as part of the 2020 Inside Out Film Festival. (The festival runs from 1-11 October and has gone digital this year.) A trailer is available on Twitter. Continue reading →
Kristin Lehman (Marilyn McGrath-Dufresne) has an as yet unspecified role in MIDNIGHT MASS, a horror/mystery set in an isolated island community, after the arrival of a charismatic and mysterious young priest seems to precipitate strange and wonderful (?) events. Annabeth Gish (X-FILES) and Hamish Linklater (THE CRAZY ONES) are also in the cast. “Midnight Mass” is also the title of the first novel written by one of the characters (Maddie played by Kate Siegel) in series creator Mike Flanagan‘s 2016 film HUSH. The same book also makes an appearance in another Flanagan film, GERALD’S GAME. (On the book’s back cover, it is suggested that the island’s name might be Crocket, and that one of the characters is named Riley.) Flanagan will direct all seven episodes of MIDNIGHT MASS, which has yet to begin production. Continue reading →