Created by Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik, STRANGE EMPIRE is a thirteen-episode series set in 1869 about three women who hold down a town on the border of Alberta and Montana after all the men are murdered. It can be streamed on CBC Gem in Canada and on Tubi in the US.
Melissa Farman, Cara Gee and Tattiawana Jones
Tattiawana Jones (Isabelle Slotter) is Dr. Amelia Black in THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY, a romantic comedy starring Geraldine Viswanathan as Lucy Gulliver, a lonely young woman who has just gone through a breakup and decides to open up a place called The Broken Hearts Gallery where people are able to abandon things that remind them of their past relationships. The gallery is a hit, and becomes famous among broken-hearted romantics everywhere. Written and directed by Natalie Krinsky, THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY will be released in the US and Canada on 11 September. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Melissa Farman and Aaron Poole
Aaron Poole (Captain John Slotter) will be pierced man in THE EDUCATION OF FREDRICK FITZELL. The title character, Fred Fitzell (Dylan O’Brien), is a normal guy approaching his 30s and the biggest decisions he’s facing are whether he should get a corporate job and let go of his dream of being an artist, or if he should commit to his girlfriend. After a chance encounter with a long forgotten man from his youth, Fred takes a trip into his own past, which literally and metaphorically forces him to choose a direction in life. Directed by Christopher MAcBride, THE EDUCATION OF FREDRICK FITZELL is expected to be released later this year. Continue reading →
Suliane Brahim (Laurène Weiss) will star as Virginie in the upcoming fantasy/horror feature THE SWARM (La nuée), a film that is in no way related to the 1978 American disaster movie. Virginie is a single mother who lives on a farm with her two children and breeds edible grasshoppers. Life is difficult and relations with her neighbours are tense, but all that changes when she discovers that the particular variety of insect she is breeding have a taste for blood. Directed by Just Philippot from a screenplay by Jérôme Genevray and Franck Victor, THE SWARM will be in French theatres on 4 November.
Naidra Ayadi as the Villefranche Coroner in BLACK SPOT’s first episode
Naidra Ayadi (Leïla Barami) portrays a (so far) unnamed character in OUR MEN (Mon légionnaire), the story of French Foreign Legion families being put to test by the war against terrorism in Sahel. The film tells the story of Nika (Ina Marija Bartaité), a woman in her twenties who leaves Ukraine to follow her boyfriend Vlad, (Aleksandr Kuznetsov), a young soldier who is based in a military camp in Corsica. While there, she meets Céline (Camille Cottin), the wife of Commander Maxime (Louis Garrel). Writer/director Rachel Lang said in a statement: “How can one be in the right place, in an equitable and equally intense relationship, with another person? The Foreign Legion puts the couple under great stress-that is why I chose it as my setting…When the legionnaire enlists, he commits to having no life of his own for the next 5 years: he takes a new name, is forbidden to leave the territory, cannot get a loan for an apartment or a car, and is forbidden to marry or to recognize any children. What becomes of a couple in this context?” OUR MEN wrapped filming in France (and Morocco) last fall. Continue reading →
Grant Bowler (Joshua Nolan) is Nua’s father Gideon Hamilton in “Side Effects” and “Blowout”, two episodes of the recently cancelled ABC series THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY (the American version of the 2013 Israeli comedy Lehiyot Ita which translates literally as “Being With Her”). The show is about an improbable relationship between Daniel, a baker, and Nua, a supermodel. In “Blowout”, the bakery is shut down because of asbestos, and Noa travels to see her father. There is an online petition to save the show and at this writing it has more than 156,000 signatures. “Baker and the Beauty is a show that depicts Latin families as warm, lovable, full of joy and compassion and humor,” said Nathalie Kelley (who stars as Nua) in a statement. “A cancellation by ABC means that there are now no shows on the networks with a Latinx cast. At a time when the public is marching in the streets demanding representation and diversity this is an extremely tone deaf decision.” All episodes of THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY can be streamed for free on the ABC website. Continue reading →