Billy MacLellan (Temal Danker in “Wish I’d Spaced You When I Had The Chance“) is The Reverend in John Leonetti’s horror film THE SILENCE, based on the 2015 novel by Tim Lebbon about a plague of mutant bats. (After being attacked by a parasitic organism, the bats morph into a new lethal species called Vesps, which rapidly increase in number and attack the human population.) The story follows Ally (Kiernan Shipka), a deaf teenager, whose heightened senses enable her to know when the Vesps are nearby. She and her family retreat to the woods where they must live in total silence, because even the slightest noise attracts the creatures. Filmed in Toronto, THE SILENCE will premiere in Germany on 6 September.
MacLellan will also be Arielle’s father John in ICE BLUE, a film about the unexpected return of Arielle’s mother, Maria (played by Michelle Morgan). Maria had vanished some ten years previously, and her return causes Arielle (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt) to question everything that her father has ever told her about their family. Director Sandi Somers told Jessica Melnychuk of Local Drop Magazine: “One of the last times I saw my mother before she died, she asked me if I’d heard this message. She didn’t tell me what it was – she said ‘I’ll tell you about it the next time I see you’. And I still don’t know what it was. What was it she wanted to spend focused time with me to tell me about? It triggered the inspiration for some of the film’s themes.”ICE BLUE had its premiere last September at the Calgary International Film Festival. Continue reading →
Kiana Madeira (Poppy in “Whiskey Lullaby“) will be Clara in LEVEL 16, a dystopian science fiction thriller about sixteen-year-old Vivien (Katie Douglas), who finds herself trapped in a prison-like boarding school called The Vestalis Academy, run by Dr. Miro, played by Peter Outerbridge (Captain Martins on THE EXPANSE). Vivien keeps to herself until she is reunited with Sophia (Celena Martin), a former friend who once betrayed her. Together, the girls begin to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment (Sophia has discovered that they are being sedated nightly without their knowledge) and the two are soon running for their lives. LEVEL 16 is written and directed by award winning filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy. Production began in Toronto in October, and the film should be ready for release in March, 2018. Continue reading →
Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Waverly Earp) stars as Grace, Kiana Madeira (Poppy in W.E. episode 2.6) will be Amy, and Varun Saranga (Jeremy) will play Gavin in the SyFy original movie NEVERKNOCK, about an urban legend that turns out to be true. (Legend was that, in 1986, three teens were brutally murdered after knocking on the door of 59 Oakwood Lane, and the killer was never found. For forty years, kids were warned to never knock on the door of that house for fear of what might answer. Grace and her friends fail to heed those warnings.) Also in the cast are Jodelle Ferland of DARK MATTER, and Eliana Jones (who was teenage Tamsin on LOST GIRL). NEVERKNOCK will air on SyFy (US) on 15 October at 9pm. Continue reading →