Hannah John-Kamen will be Dr. Sophie Hart in SAS: RED NOTICE, a film based on the 2012 novel by Andy McNab, about Sergeant Tom Buckingham (Sam Heughan), who plans to propose marriage once he and his girlfriend arrive in Paris. (Dr. Hart seems to be a re-named version of Dr. Delphine Prideux, Buckingham’s girlfriend in the book.) His plans are delayed when the train taking them from London to Paris is hijacked by The Black Swans, a group of mercenaries led by Laslo Antonov, whose plan is to blow up the Channel Tunnel. (Ruby Rose is a character named Grace, and one synopsis of the film says that the group seizing the train is let by someone called Grace Lewis.) Noel Clarke (DR.WHO’s Mickey Smith) is also in the cast. Filmed in London, Paris, and Budapest, SAS: RED NOTICE will be released by Sky Cinema in the UK sometime next year. Continue reading →
Hannah John-Kamen will play a stranger who exposes other people’s secrets (which sounds a lot like the title character) in THE STRANGER, an eight-part crime drama based on Harlan Coben’s 2015 novel of the same name. Each episode will be 60 minutes long. In the book, The Stranger is male, and appears seemingly out of nowhere at random locations, whispers a few words in someone’s ear, and then disappears. The Stranger reveals a devastating secret to Adam Price (Richard Armitage) about his wife, destroying the illusion of his perfect marriage, and at the same time revealing a dangerous conspiracy. Production on the eight-episode series will begin this month and THE STRANGER should be on Netflix later this year.
Ewa Placzynska (Ruby in “A Scanner, Darkly“) will play a nurse in M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER, a modern adaptation of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic that stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Udo Kier, and Sophie Rois. Director David Schalko told Christopher Vorlias of Variety how the six episode miniseries differs from Lang’s film: “We took the main elements of the story and the structure. We also quote concrete lines of the original and put them into a different context. We tribute key visuals of Lang’s masterpiece, such as the balloon or the shadows. It is also a tribute to German expressionism. We tried to make a lot of scenes look like they were shot in the studio, but actually it is a complete rewrite, so I wouldn‘t call it a remake. It is much more a homage…A creepy, bizarre dream of a movie that already exists.” M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER had its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival. Continue reading →
KILLJOYS – Season 1 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Dutch was raised in a harem somewhere in
The J. While there, she was tutored by Khlyen in martial arts and trained to kill. The purpose of this instruction is gradually becoming clearer.
In this episode, legendary Killjoy Big Joe Cyano (Tony Nappo), now retired and working as a pirate, steals a top secret genetically targeted weapon, just the sort of thing one might use to attack a royal family, and Khlyen goes to great lengths to persuade Dutch to retrieve it. A harem usually belongs to some sort of royalty. It seems
at least possible that Dutch was being trained to
defend (or overthrow) a powerful family on her homeworld.
The weapon Joe stole is a kind of radiant energy bomb that adjusts its frequency to target specific genetic markers. It most likely kills each cell in the body individually and simultaneously, and it leaves behind a pile of smoking ash, which means it must cause the cell to release enough energy for its own incineration. The weapon’s energy passes through buildings and other life forms harmlessly. What sort of energy the bomb employs is a mystery. (The notion of DNA specific weaponry isn’t new. Both STAR TREK:ENTERPRISE (episode 3.11) and FRINGE (episode 2.13) explored that sort of thing, but only in the sense of creating a genetically targeted disease or poison. The genetic bomb idea is a KILLJOYS original.)
Khlyen (Rob Stewart), having blackmailed Dutch into helping him by threatening her team, sticks a neural link connected to his mind into Dutch’s neck, before she goes looking for the bomb. She locates the bomb on Leith, and immediately after that, she and Big Joe are captured by Leithian Nationalists.
Infectious diseases must not be much of a worry in The Quad. Khlyen sticks the pointy part of that neural link into Dutch’s neck without any thought of sterilization. The only disease mentioned in the series thus far was the one caused by the inhalation of yttrium in the mines.
The Nationalists (who seem to regard Westerlans as an inferior race) are pissed off at a deal that allows the descendants of seventh-generation Westerlans to emmigrate to Leith and lay claim to land there. Big Joe has a Black Warrant out on him, which means several Killjoys teams have been invited to compete for his capture. When the bounty hunters show up, the Leithians try to use the mystery weapon against them, and end up killing themselves.
Leith is a very green moon, full of forests and farms. Viewed from space, there are no large bodies of water visible, which is a bit strange. (It could be that all the lakes and oceans are on the side opposite the one being photographed.) Weirder still is the apparent lack of cyclonic weather systems. Only small, disorganized patches of clouds are visible from space. Do the Leithians have a technology that controls the weather?
Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) seems to be into gadgets. It would be great to know what steers that magic directional dart of his. The ‘electronic bloodhound’ that he uses to find Dutch relies on the scent of the pursued, and is probably less of a hassle to carry around than a real bloodhound would be. There are four devices in this episode that identify specific individual humans as targets, each by a different method: the neural link, the electronic bloodhound, the genetic bomb, and Fancy Lee’s smart dart.
It is reasonable to suspect at this point that Khlyen is some variety of android for the following reasons. Males serving in a harem typically were eunuchs, but an android would be equally indifferent to sexual stimuli. Artificial intelligence is available in The J (e.g. Lucy). Khlyen was unaffected by the poison gas at the tea house, and when Dutch stabbed him five times in the belly, he did not appear to be injured and did not bleed.
Pawter Sims (Sarah Power) drugged Hills Oonan (Frank Moore) and stole his access codes, but did so with such carelessness that she is easily caught. Since she seems intelligent and capable, one must conclude that what she really needed was a way to get into prison and at the same time alert prison officials and inmates alike that she was looking for Dr. Jaeger.
There is mention in this episode of a Level 6 for Killjoys (which is believed to be mythical) and of a secret training camp on the ringed moon Arkyn (which is believed to be a dead world). Rumours usually are based on a kernel of truth. What might Killjoys be up to on Arkyn?
At episode’s end, Dutch hands Johnny the neural link, suggesting they use it to find Khlyen.
DUTCH: “I’m tired of playing defence. We’ve belled the beast and now we’re going after him.”
JOHNNY: “What do we do when we find him?”
DUTCH: “I’m gonna kill him.”
Looking at future episode titles, the penultimate episode of Season One is titled “Enemy Khlyen”, and if that is a reference to a Barry Longyear story, Khlyen may turn out to be a not entirely bad dude.
Ian Tracey (Lucas Kotler) will be a vampire named Terrance in the horror/comedy HELL IN A HANDBAG, which chronicles the adventures of Father Michael, a gun-toting exorcist priest, and his at times volatile partner, the leather-clad Sister Joan (Christine Wallace) as they battle Satan and his minions. Amanda Tapping, who will appear in the next KILLJOYS episode, plays the Mother Superior.
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (Spyder Drakos) is Warren in ANTIBIRTH, a horror flick with an impressive cast that incluides Chloe Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, and Meg Tilly. “In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness.” ANTIBIRTH was filmed in Sudbury, Ontario last spring, and will be released sometime in 20i6.
Tony Nappo (Big Joe) is Officer Reid in BORN TO BE BLUE, a a “re-imagining” of the life of jazz legend Chet Baker. Also shot in Sudbury, the film features ORPHAN BLACK’s Kevin Hanchard as Dizzy Gillespie. Nappo is also Carlo in GROUP HOME, a film about a single dad (Daveed Louza) running a home for abused teens in 1980’s Toronto. The film, due to be released later this year, may be adapted into a television series. Shauna MacDonald is also in the cast.