Paul Amos (Vex in 24 LOST GIRL episodes) is Wren in DARKEN, a fantasy set in a violent prison-like world ruled by a self-appointed religious despot in the name of a god called Mother Darken. When Eve (Bea Santos) is inadvertently drawn into this dangerous place, she must ally herself with the rebels if she is to have any hope of escaping. Rob Archer (Bruce in six LG episodes) appears in the film as The Bard. DARKEN, which will also be a digital series, will screen 26 November at 7pm at the Blood In The Snow Film Festival at the Royal Cinema, 608 College St. in Toronto.
And Amos will be Oberon in a production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by The Checkov Collective (formed in 2014 by an ensemble of actors to explore classic plays using the techniques of Michael Chekhov). The play will run from 21 February to 11 March at The Citadel in Toronto. Continue reading →
Eric Roberts (Bo’s dad in LOST GIRL Season Five) is Wendell Garfield, and Katie Boland (The Morrigan’s assistant in LG episode 2.6) is his daughter in the suspense thriller NEVER SAW IT COMING, based on the 2013 novel by Linwood Barclay (who also wrote the screenplay) about a fairly successful fradulent psychic (Keisha Ceylon, played by Emily Hampshire) who gets close enough to the truth with her fakery to make a kidnapper nervous. (In the book, Garfield is targeted by Ceylon after she reads about the mysterious disappearance of his wife, who went shopping one day and never returned.) Maria del Mar (Donna in Fae Gone Wild) is also in the cast, and the film is directed by Gail Harvey, who directed five LOST GIRL episodes. NEVER SAW IT COMING began production in Sudbury, Ontario at the end of March and is expected to be completed by late summer.
Meghan Heffern as a shy suicide fae in the LOST GIRL episode Fae-de to Black
Meghan Heffern (Tabitha in in Fae-de to Black) is Julia and Steven Yaffee (Earl in School’s Out) is Marlow in BEST SELLING MURDER, the tale of Hannah, a once celebrated novelist who makes a comeback with a pulp crime serial that posts new chapters to subscriber’s devices every week. The initial release is a modest success but the work becomes a massive hit after a real life murder happens that is strikingly similar to Hannah’s story. The original title was SERIALIZED, but it aired in France last month with the title Abonnée au crime, and now has been re-titled BEST SELLING MURDER and will air in the US Wednesday 5 April at 4pm on Lifetime Movie Network. A trailer is available on Vimeo
Anthony Sherwood (Light Fae Elder in two Season 5 LG episodes) will be Marcus Flynn in the seventh episode of TAKEN, titled “Solo”. Also, Rob Archer (Kenzi’s friend Bruce) will appear as a trucker, and Simon Northwood (Key Guardian in The Ceremony) will show up as a bearded tourist. The series is the origin story of Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson’s character in the Taken film trilogy). In the episode, Bryan (Clive Standen) is taken during the team’s efforts to thwart a weapons operation, and the team attempts a daring rescue. “Solo” is due to air on Monday 10 April at 10pm on NBC.
Jessica Huras (The Morrigan’s receptionist) has an as yet unspecified role in DELTA VENUS a drama which follows four female millenials struggling with such things as monogamy, heteronormativity, submission, and sexual discretion. The film’s four writer/directors (Sofia Banzhaf, Nicole Dorsey, Karen Harnisch, and Kristin Lapensée) are all from Toronto, and all four also appear in the film. Harnish said that the film will deal with the tropes that have become synonymous with millenials. “…ubiquity of social media, recreational abuse of prescription and hard drugs, a prevalence of mood disorders, to name a few examples, are all addressed in Delta Venus. We wanted to veer from the characterization of the “Millenial” as affectless and entitled; instead striving to trace and trouble the social origins underlying these stereotypes.” Among the perks offered on the DELTA VENUS Indiegogo Page is a digital download of Co-Director Sofia Banzhaf’s novella Pony Castle.
The Android (Zoie Palmer) monitoring transfer pods and Tabor Calchek
That card that Five (Jodelle Ferland) stole before stowing away on The Raza converts (with the aid of an adapter) a normal faster than light drive into a Blink Drive. Five describes the difference. “Normal FTL creates a distortion in space that moves faster than the speed of light, pulling the ship along with it, but you’re still moving from Point A to Point B. With the Blink Drive you don’t technically move at all. You just disappear from one place, and reappear somewhere else instantaneously. If we wanted to go all the way across the galaxy, it would normally take us months with refueling stops along the way. With this we could do it in the blink of an eye.”
The Android seems fascinated with the snug fit of Three’s travel suit.
A whole lot of interesting information can be found in that statement. The Raza can travel all the way across the galaxy (approximately 100,000 light years) in months (not years) with refueling stops. A Star Trek vessel traveling at warp 9 would take about 137 years to make that trip. The “distortion in space” created by The Raza‘s drive sounds quite a bit like the subspace bubble created by Trek’s warp fields.
The crew kidnaps their former employment agent Tabor (David Hewlett) in the hope that he has information about Reynaud, but they learn little from him except that Reynaud travels only by Transfer Transit. They take him along on board The Raza for reasons of security. While in The Android’s custody (everyone else is busy with something) Tabor notices her upgrade and suggests, somewhat insensitively, that it was pointless to install such an upgrade in such an unsophisticated model. The Android’s response, tinged with restrained anger, is the best line of the episode: “Perhaps,” she says, “it was an experiment designed to test my machine-based responsiveness to human sentiments. Or an adjustment required for me to respond to a complex but ultimately irrational scenario. Or maybe it was a wholly impractical, completely illogical, compassionate act of kindness.”
Clones of Three and Four after a beating from Reynaud’s employee, Mr. Ostrander
Five uses her hacking skills to find Alycia Reynaud (Inga Cadranel). Three, Four, and Five don specially constructed, DNA sequenced suits that can travel with them through Transfer Transit. The suits fit quite snugly, as The Android (Zoie Palmer) points out. She is particularly fascinated (and seemingly turned on) by the snugness of Three’s outfit. The Android pays no attention to Four, and this might indicate that, of the two men, Three has a significantly larger package.
Five munches on a cookie as she hacks Reynaud’s systems.
With everyone but Nyx and Devon safely back on board (the Doc has been killed by Hansmeed, apparently just for the general hell of it, and Nyx, who does not know this, is most likely searching for him), the crew tests the new drive, but something goes wrong. There is a high-pitched noise and what sounds like metal being stressed. The Raza disappears, and will not reappear until next episode. (One gets the feeling that Nyx being off the ship is an important thing.)
Alli Chung (Perelandra Jones) will be Paula in BROWN GIRL IN THE RING: THE PREQUEL, a film based on the 1998 science fiction novel by Nalo Hopkinson. This coming-of-age story is set in The Burn, an abandoned, futuristic ghetto. With nowhere to turn, a young woman (Mouna Traoré) must open herself to ancient truths, and the mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. “Brown Girl in the Ring is a children’s game I learned in Jamaica,” said director Sharon Lewis, “but anyone can play it. It’s simple. A ring of people stand on the outside while you show them a motion when you are in the middle, and then you invite them into the center.” Shot entirely in Toronto, the film should be released sometime later this year.
David Hewlett (Tabor Calchek) will be Chad in at least one episode of INCORPORATED, a TV series set in a near future in which corporations have unlimited power. The show follows Ben Larson (Sean Teale), a young executive who goes undercover to infiltrate a dangerous corporate world and save the woman he loves. The series will premiere on SyFy (US) on 30 November at 10pm. Rob Archer (LOST GIRL’s Bruce) will appear as Sayeed in episode one.
Bridget Wareham (Tech Shop Owner in episode 1.8) will be Maggie in Martine Blue‘s first feature film, HUNTING PIGNUT, the story of fifteen-year-old Bernice (Taylor Hickson), who runs away from her Newfoundland home in search of a tormented and violent gutter punk named Pignut after he steals her father’s ashes right out of his urn. HUNTING PIGNUT will have its world premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 17 September at 10pm.