Tommie-Amber Pirie (Ollie in “A Skinner, Darkly“) stars as Renee in Pat Mills’ thriller THE RETREAT. Renee and Valerie (Sarah Allen) plan to get married. They spend a weekend at a remote cabin to sort out some relationship difficulties, but soon after arriving discover that they are being hunted by a group of militant serial killers. Aaron Ashmore (John Jaqobis), Patrick Garrow (Turin), and Gavin Fox (Gared) are also in the cast. Alyson Richards, who wrote the screenplay, told Tim Dams of Variety: “As a queer woman, I was getting really frustrated that in so many genre films, the queer female characters are often revealed to be the psychotic killer or are killed. I really wanted to write a script where the gay characters didn’t turn on each other but instead turned to each other to survive.” THE RETREAT completed filming in Ontario last winter. No release date has been announced. Continue reading →
Dayle McLeod (Jenny in “Vessel”) has written her first book, a memoir titled: “THE BIG DREAM: My Terrifyingly Beautiful Shamanic Initiation into the Arts”. After drinking the hallucinogen ayahuasca in Ojai, California on the winter solstice of 2014, McLeod found herself trapped in a dream realm. For forty days, she lived in a land of epic visions where she was initiated into the Illuminati and sent on a doomsday mission to collect the seven chakra jewels of the Earth. She was guided back to normalcy by a Native American Jungian psychologist, and that journey is what the book is mostly about. THE BIG DREAM is available in Paperback and Kindle formats.
McLeod appears briefly as Nathan’s friend Shyliegh in Episode 4.12 of KIM’S CONVENIENCE (titled “Knife Strife”) in which Umma (Jean Yoon) learns about a recent unsolved crime in the neighbourhood and believes she knows something about it, but doesn’t want to say how she knows, and Shannon (Nicole Power) hosts the Branch Managers Annual General Meeting. Season 4 of KIM’S CONVENIENCE can be streamed on CBC Gem in Canada, and on Netflix in the US. Continue reading →
Emily Piggford (Yoki in “A Skinner, Darkly“) will be Esther Ishikawa in THE SOUNDS, an eight-episode psychological thriller set on New Zealand’s South Island, starring Rachelle Lefevre and Matt Whelan as Maggie and Tom Cabbott, a married couple who relocate to a small town to escape the oppressive influence of Tom’s father. Piggford described the show and her character to Sandy Lo of StarShine Magazine: “It centers around Maggie Cabbott as she deals with the fallout when her husband Tom goes missing, leaving more loose ends than just the fishery he was setting up in the Marlborough Sounds. Everyone in the town gets tangled in the web and my character is sent by Tom’s family to try and get to the bottom of things.” Created and written by best-selling Kiwi author Sarah-Kate Lynch, THE SOUNDS will screen on Sky TV in New Zealand, and on CBC in Canada. Acorn TV will premiere the show in the US in the spring. Continue reading →