Naomi Snieckus (Talent Agent in “Fae Day“) is Maria in the comedy WORK IT, which stars Sabrina Carpenter as Quinn Ackerman, a high school senior who learns that her admission to the college of her choice hangs on her performance at a dance competition. The problem is, she can’t dance, and is rejected by the school’s dance team. Her response is to assemble her own motley group of dancers to compete against the team that rejected her. Written by Alison Peck and directed by Laura Terruso, WORK IT will be on Netflix on 7 August. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Snieckus also hosts the FIRECRACKER DEPARTMENT PODCAST. In the latest episode (below), she interviews writer, producer, and director Kay Cannon (creator of the Netflix series GIRLBOSS). Currently, Cannon is writing and directing a reimagining of CINDERELLA.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER – a film by Joan Carr-Wiggin – SPOILERS
Peter Firth as Heather’s dad, and Alex Kingston as Sarah Ann’s mom. Ria, the name of Alex Kingston’s character, means “estuary” in Spanish. An estuary is the tidal mouth of a river. Kingston is best known for the role of River Song on Dr. Who.
In this wonderful and surprising mirror-universe version of a greeting card movie, the protagonist returns home after a long absence, full of sarcasm and anxious to get back to her real life, and then reconnects with her high school bestie. But instead of discovering that home is where the heart is, and rekindling romance with her high school sweetheart, she takes advantage of events to infect the town with her own realism.
Heather (Janet Montgomery) reluctantly returns home (at the urging of her father’s doctor) expecting to find her alcoholic father near death. Like so many things in this film, that is kind of true but not really. Her high school best friend (whom she hasn’t seen in many years) is the about-to-be-married Sarah Ann (Sara Paxton), and she is (almost but not quite) happy for the reunion. She hires Heather to film her wedding. Continue reading →
Kate Corbett (Stacey in “Sweet Valkyrie High“) will be Moira’s soon-to-be-married daughter Bonnie in AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS, an adaptation of the award-winning 2005 novel by Joan Clark about a gifted but mentally ill woman (Carolina Bartczak) who loses her two young children after she leaves them unattended on an island near her summer home. Although they are rescued unharmed, Moira’s husband Duncan (Christopher Jacot) ends their marriage and takes the children back to Scotland, leaving her to struggle with her demons. Twenty years later, she is astonished to see her now-grown daughter Bonnie being interviewed by a local TV station about a lecture she is to give, and her upcoming wedding in Halifax, and Moira realizes that she must risk her precarious mental health, and make a surprise appearance at the wedding. Director Deanne Foley told Meghan McCabe of CBC News: “It’s just such an exquisite novel…It’s about a mother and her connection with her daughters, and a really complex relationship with her love and art and her career, and I think any woman can relate to that.”AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS wrapped shooting in Newfoundland in July, and will be released early in 2018. Continue reading →