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 →
Axel and Phil searching for Jennifer on a dirt road somewhere in a vampire-infested Nebraska.
Departing characters are sometimes featured in an episode that has little or nothing to do with the main storyline just before they leave the show. They did it for Mohamed, Axel (who did not leave) and Scarlett, at the end of Season Three. Jackie May wrote the departure episodes for Axel and Mohamed, as well as this one, which is the send-off episode for Phil.
Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) and Phil (Vincent Gale) follow a dirt road to the east in pursuit of Max, who has taken Phil’s wife and son hostage. (For some reason, Max did not take US Route 30.) Phil begins the episode feeling frustrated and discouraged.
Jennifer and Owen
PHIL:“Why did it take so long for you to get us out of that place?” AXEL:“I’m gonna make it right. I’m gonna find this prick and I’m gonna kill him.” PHIL:“No no no. That’s for me.” AXEL:“If that’s the way you want it.” PHIL:“I gotta make it right, too.”
What Axel doesn’t tell him is that the rescue attempt was delayed by his own attempt to “make things right” by killing Vanessa, which he eventually decided not to do. Continue reading →
Max Borman (Richard Harmon) contemplates one of the severed heads before using it as a target .
Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) stops to lend assistance to Max Borman (Richard Harmon), who was being attacked by a vampire hitchhiker he had (unknowingly?) picked up. Max, who looks like Elvis gone insane, offers Axel a job running booze and weapons, and it turns out that Max is the fellow in charge of Loveland, the place where Phil’s wife is incarcerated. Axel finds this out accidentally when he makes a delivery for Max and sees Phil (Vincent Gale) and Jolene (Caroline Cave) being held captive. He pays them little attention and leaves quietly, but one suspects he’ll be back for them. (Axel’s weapons were confiscated at the prison gate so to conduct a rescue mission he will need to go out, reclaim his weapons, and surreptitiously come back in.
Bearded and brooding, Axel plots revenge against Vanessa
Max occasionally snorts solicite (the vampire repellent that doesn’t work on Daywalkers), saying it “snaps your brain into a very nice sweet spot”. He also threatens to ship Jolene “back east”, and the impression one gets is that being sent there is not a good thing. (Almost everything on VAN HELSING has taken place in either the Denver area or the Pacific northwest, and because the volcanic eruption that caused all this made radio communication difficult, we have little information about what things are like elsewhere in the world.)