Lauren Holly (Sadie in “Midnight Lamp“) will be Monique, director of the Archer School of Ballet, in TINY PRETTY THINGS, an hour-long drama series based on the 2015 novel by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton. Monique is described as ambitious, ruthless, and powerful, using her “dark capacities” to defend the school by any means necessary (and to bring out the best in her students). Jess Salgueiro (Robin on THE BOYS) plays Isabel, a cop searching for the truth about what happened during a mysterious accident at the Academy. In the book, Bette, June, and Gigi are the three top students at the school. In the series, sisters Bette and Delia Whitlaw (Casimere Jollette and Tory Trowbridge) seem to be featured characters, along with their boyfriends Oren (Barton Cowperthwaite) and Ramon (Bayardo De Murguia). June is played by Daniela Norman, and the role of Gigi has not been cast. Production is underway in Toronto, and TINY PRETTY THINGS will be on Netflix sometime in 2020. Continue reading →
I’LL TAKE YOUR DEAD – directed by Chad Archibald – SPOILERS
William (Aidan Devine), who lives on a farm with his daughter Gloria (Ava Preston), has been pressed into service by warring gangs from a nearby city for the purpose of disposing of their dead. (He chops up the bodies and dissolves them in an acid bath.) Though his residence is rural, William has become an urban legend. “The Candy Butcher” they call him. Many believe him to be a cannibal, but this is apparently not true.
The family’s last name is Derrow, though it is never mentioned in the film. There is a very old sign outside the farmhouse with a picture of a cow on it that reads “Derrow Family Butcher”. Continue reading →
A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE – written and directed by Geordie Sabbagh – SPOILERS
Unpublished novelist Adam (Dylan Taylor) tells his girlfriend Tracy (Meghan Heffern) that he plans to fix the plumbing while she is at work. She suggests that he finish his novel instead. Adam whines a bit about not being able to pay half the rent (something Tracy seems totally unconcerned about), and suggests that maybe it’s time to “let the dream die”. Then Tracy goes to work, and Adam heads to the local coffee shop to write. He is met there by Emma , who introduces herself as Death.
Emma (Melanie Scrofano) tells Adam that his time on earth is up, but that he should be happy about it. After his demise (she explains), Tracy will get his novel published and it will become the greatest novel of all time. When Adam remains reluctant to die after learning this, Emma takes an instant liking to him. They spend the rest of the day together, as Emma tries to make sense of why Adam wants so badly to continue living. (Emma claims to only be able to predict what will happen after Adam’s death, and says that she sees what happens before he dies only as a series of choices. The implication is that his influence on the lives of others is made a fixed and immutable thing after his death, because Tracy will have no choice but to get Adam’s novel published.) Continue reading →