Anna Hardwick (Maddy in “Faes Wide Shut“) is Noreen in Episode 4 of of the nine-episode miniseries MRS. AMERICA, which tells the true story of the efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash let by Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett). The series shows the culture wars of the 70s from the perspectives of Schlafly and feminists Steinem, Friedan, Chisolm, Abzug, and Ruckelshaus. On Instagram, Hardwick said: “I will treasure improvising with my comedy hero, the gracious Tracey Ullman as the terrifying Betty Friedan, for the rest of my days.” That makes it at least possible that Hardwick’s character is Noreen Connell, who worked with Friedan on the White House Conference on Families in 1980. Samantha Espie (Pietra in “Let the Dark Times Roll“) appears in the series as Jacqui Davidson (although the last name is spelled without a ‘d’ on the show’s IMDB page), the president and founder of the anti-ERA organization HOW (Happiness of Womanhood). Angela Besharah (Jobina in “Caged Fae“) is also in the cast. Created by Dahvi Waller, MRS AMERICA’s first three episodes will be on HULU on 15 April, with a new episode released each subsequent Wednesday. YouTube has a trailer. Continue reading →
UPDATE (23/11/18) – — Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe will air on CITY-TV in Canada on 10 December at 8pm.
Anna Hardwick (Maddy in “Faes Wide Shut“) will be Elizabeth in A PUZZLE TO DIE FOR, which stars Lacey Chabert as a crossword puzzle editor who finds her life completely disrupted when several of the clues in her recent puzzles are linked to unsolved crimes, and she is pulled into the police investigation. She is forced to work with a tough (but charming) police detective (Brennan Elliott), to crack the case and prove her innocence. A PUZZLE TO DIE FOR is the first of a new series of mysteries co-created by Gregg Rossen, Brian Sawyer, and New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz called THE CROSSWORD MYSTERIES, and will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries in June, 2019.
Hardwick also has an as yet unspecified role in PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND MISTLETOE, based on the novel by Melissa de la Cruz (a humourous, gender-swapped retelling of Jane Austen’s story). The film will star Lacey Chabert as Darcy, a successful businesswoman who returns to her hometown for the holidays. She reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Brendan Penny), at her parents’ Christmas party and the two of them are somehow forced to plan a charity event together. (In the book, Luke is an unassuming carpenter.) PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND MISTLETOE will air on The Hallmark Channel on Friday 23 November at 8/7c. Continue reading →
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Michelle Nolden (Freya) is Dr. Laura Stevens, an obsessive peak-performance trainer, in RUN TO ME. a thriller about an amateur triathlete (Claire Forlani) who convinces the doctor to take her on as a client. Once she does, she gets more from Dr. Stevens than she bargained for. The film’s trailer is quite compelling. Nolden is also CIA Agent Carmen Reese in a sci-fi thriller about a time-travelling terrorist, PRISONER X, which will have a theatrical release in Canada on 15 April, and in the US on 6 April. And the 2013 horror film HAUNTER, which also stars Nolden, can be streamed on Netflix (US).
Lara Jean Chorostecki (the opera singer in LOST GIRL episode 4.6), is Krystina Breeland on the CBC World War II spy series X COMPANY, and she is in two films coming out this year. She will be Kris in the sci-fi movie RENAISSANCE, scheduled for US release on 31 December. In the film, an accidental death forces two genetic researchers to create a clone of the deceased in a desperate effort to maintain funding for their work. And Chorostecki is Michelle in THE MASKED SAINT, which was inspired by true events in the life of former wrestler and pastor Chris Whaley and is based on his bestselling book about an ex-wrestler turned priest turned vigilante. The film premiered in US and Canadian theatres last January, and can be pre-ordered from iTunes (release date 5 April).
Jadyn Wong (Trick’s old friend Dao-Ming) will be Altagracia in Me estás matando Susana (YOU’RE KILLING ME, SUSANA), the story of a man’s quest to find and recover his wife, Susana, who has, without a word, left Mexico City to attend a writer’s conference in Iowa. It is a funny, painful, and romantic journey. The film is a Canadian/Mexican production, shot in Winnipeg and Mexico City, and will have its Mexican release on 5 May. Director Roberto Schneider told John Hopewell of Variety: “…the film is about someone who loves his wife, who is not a macho but labors under the import of a machista ideology which impacts some situations. José Agustin, the novelist, took this idiosyncrasy to the center of the U.S., where such attitudes are not so normal.”
The Paul Gross film HYENA ROAD with Christine Horne as Jennifer is now available on iTunes. Horne is also Ellie in the latest Jeremy LaLonde film, HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN, which opened the Canadian Film Fest in Toronto on 30 March and will get a Canada/US release in theatres and on VOD on 13 May. (In Australia, ORGY has already been released on DVD and digital.) Horne’s character Ellie appears in two other LaLonde films: BASTARDS, and SEX AFTER KIDS.
Anna Hardwick (Maddy in Faes Wide Shut) plays a yoga instructor and Alex Paxton-Beesley is Claire in the short film SHAVASANA, about a young woman trying to relieve the pain of regret through yoga. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival, and was screened last week at the Canadian Film Fest in Toronto.
Hardwick is now co-owner of a B&B in Picton, Ontario called The Ferg. (The name derives from the first owner of the land, a woman named Anna Ferguson, who bought the property from the Crown for fifty pounds in 1813.) The child friendly and pet friendly B&B opened on 18 March.