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 →
Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) and Stacey (Kate Corbett) in front of the abandoned Valkyrie Academy
STACEY:“You’d think a portal to Valhalla would be hard to miss, but that’s what I said about genital warts.”
Linda Hamilton as Acacia in her teaching days Since her car is a 1955 Chevy, the scenes at The Valkyrie Academy most likely occurred in the mid-1950’s. Her car also appears to have a license plate from that era,
Evony (Emmanuelle Vaugier) is back, and dangerous as ever, though still human and quite vulnerable. With the help of Stacey (Kate Corbett) and Acacia (Linda Hamilton), Tamsin becomes aware of her own power, puts Acacia in charge of Valhalla when she could have had the position for herself, and goads Hades into showing his hand a bit. Once again, nobody tells Bo anything. Lauren and Tamsin tell her only what they absolutely must.
Tamsin’s new ride, a battered Dodge pickup truck from the 1980’s
Tamsin now has the Brísingamen, which Trick calls the “necklace of seduction”. She took it before she sent Freyja and Stacey to monitor Tartarus. (Well, she sent Frejya there. Stacey tagged along without being told.) In Norse myth, Freyja is the goddess of love and fertility (among other things) and the necklace, which she always wore, has power similar to that of Aphrodite’s girdle. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus made a girdle of finely wrought gold for his wife Aphrodite. The magic he wove into it’s filigree work made her irresistible, and caused the breakup of their marriage, just as the acquisition of the Brisingamen caused the split between Odin and Freyja (for slightly different reasons).
Tamsin and Stacey
With Frejya and Stacey in Tartarus, and Acacia in Valhalla, no one on earth knows that Tamsin has the necklace. Hephaestus turns up in next week’s episode, Judgement Fae, so it is possible that the necklace somehow becomes a problem.
Student Valkyrie Tamsin meets Acacia secretly at midnight. When using the power to cast doubt, the eyes of the valkyrie are darkened more stylishly than in past episodes.
Still upset at losing Bo, Tamsin has devised a plan to send Hades (Eric Roberts) back where he came from. She locates Stacey, who is unhappily working at a fast food joint, and all too pleased to join the mission. Acacia (Linda Hamilton) initially wants no part of Tamsin and Stacey’s adventure, but when the two head to the abandoned high school where they had been classmates, Acacia shows up to offer assistance. It turns out she was hiding Freyja there and wanted to keep them from finding out about that.
Tamsin and Stacey swear to keep Acacia’s participation in their plan secret, using different hand signs.
Tamsin and Stacey find Freyja in a closet and force her to reveal her secrets. It seems that she was hiding because others wanted her to send Hades back to Hel, and she did not want it known that she didn’t have the power to do that. Her necklace had never worked on Hades. He went to Tartarus voluntarily so that he could build an army under cover of darkness.
Tamsin and the cheque she received from Hades for finding Bo
Meanwhile, Evony’s test results are in, and she is very sick. So sick, in fact, that Lauren wonders aloud how she is still standing. Evony believes that her malady is the result of a curse that was placed on her while she was The Morrigan. The curse had no effect at the time, because she was so powerful, but once she became human, it took effect. Whether this is true or not (it seems like speculation on the part of Evony) it is bound to play on Lauren’s residual guilt about Nadia, her previous girlfriend who was cursed by The Ash into a five-year coma, and later killed by The Garuda.
In the best scene of the episode, Lauren and Bo are at the Dal discussing Hades (Jack). Evony joins them at the bar.
Stacey at By-You Burrito
LAUREN: [to Bo] “Speaking of Jack, how are you feeling?” EVONY:“I love him. Finally someone was straight with me. I’m sick and I have to deal.” BO:“Evony, I’m impressed.” EVONY:“Well, luckily, I have the help of a very good doctor.” LAUREN: (after long hesitation) “Oh, you mean me?” EVONY:“God, I hate your false modesty. Yes, you, you moron. Now buy me a drink. We got this, right?” BO:“Yeah, I think we do.” EVONY: (raises glass) “To Doctor Lewis. My friend. And the only hope I’ve got.” LAUREN:“Evony, I swear to you, I will never give up on you.” EVONY:“I know. I mean, you’re still chasing the succubus. Talk about futile.”
Freyja (Michelle Nolden) being interrogated by Tamsin, Stacey, and Acacia. Nolden stars as CIA agent Carmen in PRISONER X, which premiered recently at Cinefest Sudbury.
Kate Corbett (Stacey) is Tammy in THE STEPS, which had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 14 September. The film is about New York siblings who travel to Canada to visit their father and meet his new wife, only to hear their parents announce that they’re adopting a child. Directed by Andrew Currie, the film mocks peculiar obsessions and bad habits on both sides of the Canada/US border. Naomi Snieckus (the talent agent in LOST GIRL episode 1.9) also appears in the film as a social worker named Ellen.
The movie A SUNDAY HORSE, with Linda Hamilton as Mrs.Walden will be an Official Selection in the Equus Film Festival in New York City, 19-22 November. Inspired by a true story, the film focuses on a determined rider from the wrong side of the tracks recovering from a near fatal accident. She attempts a comeback at the National Jumping Championship, on a horse the experts thought was nothing special.
Cast of THE STEPS at its TIFF World Premiere – Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jason Ritter, Vinay Virmani, Benjamin Arthur, Kate Corbett, and Christine Lahti
Hannah Anderson‘s short film COME BACK offers some interesting perks for donors. For $50 you get an “original and heartfelt love song dedicated to you” by Hannah Anderson. For $99, lead actor Brett Donahue will take you on a “fairy tale motorcycle ride into the sunset”. For $850, a screenshot of your choice from the completed film will be painted on a 24×30 canvas by artist Matthew Edison.
Sofia Troop as Harper in the film BLUR which had its Canadian premiere in Toronto on 16 July
Sofia Troop (Kat, the fae with the forked, purple tongue in episode 5.5 of LOST GIRL) is Harper in the George D’Amato movie BLUR, which was filmed in Las Vegas. The story centers on Harper and Paul on a cross-country road trip in a purple Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible. Harper’s cell phone obsession blinds her to the vanishing intimacy in her relationship with Paul. The film’s tag line is: “Infidelity can hide in plain sight.” BLUR had its premiere at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto on 16 July.
Naomi Snieckus and Gavin Crawford in the 2014 film TWO 4 ONE
TWO 4 ONE, Maureen Bradley‘s award winning 2014 dramedy co-starring Naomi Sneickus and Gavin Crawford, is now available on iTunes Canada. No indication yet when it will be available in the US. Sneickus (the talent agent in LOST GIRL episode 9, Fae Day) has small roles in two new films. She is Ellen in THE STEPS, which is about a New Yorker and his sister who visit their father to meet his new wife, only to hear the couple announce that they’re adopting a child to bring the family together. (Ellen is the social worker who interviews the family about the adoption.) Also in the cast of THE STEPS is Kate Corbett (Stacey the Valkyrie).
Ali Liebert in THE DEVOUT
Describing HAPPILY EVER AFTER (aka IF YOU SEE HER), another film due out soon directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin, Sneickus told Talent Monthly: “A gal from a small town goes home to look after her sick father. She meets up with her old best friend and is thrown into living like it’s high school all over again. I play one of the ex-high school friends and get to wear too much makeup and purple taffeta.”
LONELINESS – Christine Horne in THE ENDINGS by Caitlin Cronenberg (from the New York Times 19 January)
Ali Liebert (Crystal) stars in THE DEVOUT, a film that tells the story of Darryl (Charlie Carrick) and his wife Jan (Liebert) who live in a religious, rural town. Their faith is tested when Darryl starts to believe that his dying daughter was an astronaut in a past life. The story is based on true events, and was filmed last winter in and around Victoria, British Columbia. It should be released later this year. Liebert described her character to Michael D. Reid of the Victoria Times-Colonist: “We go through overwhelming stages of grief and her husband has become unreliable,” she said. “His belief is putting stress on our relationship.”
Caitlin Cronenberg is getting ready to publish a new book of photographs, and Christine Horne (The Keeper) is in it. It’s called THE ENDINGS, and is a collection of short stories, each told through a series of still images with no text. Actresses were chosen as the subjects of the stories so that emotion would be conveyed as it would be in a film. Cronenberg told Hannah Yakobi of FAJO Magazine: “Our first session was a local Toronto actress, Christine Horne; she’s just phenomenal. She really set the bar high. I won’t list everybody, but we’ve done Sarah Gadon, who is my favourite person in the world, Nina Dobrev, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charlotte Sullivan, Mena Suvari and Alison Pill.” Cronenberg’s previous book, POSER, can be purchased from her website for $55.
The second half of the fifth season of LOST GIRL will air on Showcase in Canada beginning 6 September at 9pm. It will air on SyFy (US) sometime in early 2016.