June 2014 Issue

June 2014

Canadaai??i??s Call Sheet

By Judith Klassen

The Devil is in the Details

June 2014Writer/director Joseph Oai??i??Brien and producing-partner Mark Opausky took a methodical approach when structuring Oai??i??Brienai??i??s feature-length directorial debut, The Devilai??i??s Mile. Yes, they talked to distributors and did their market research, but the big question they asked themselves was: when you donai??i??t have mega stars and a blow ai??i??em up budget, what makes your film stand out? The answer: a good script with a compelling story that attracts great actors. And it doesnai??i??t hurt to cast against type.

Back in 2000 when he was a writer on the SPACE miniseries RoboCop: Prime Directives, Oai??i??Brien worked with award-winning Canadian actress Maria Del Mar (Blue Murder). Based on this introduction he approached her with an early draft of The Devilai??i??s Mile. Says Oai??i??Brien, ai???I marched the script up to her house myself. She was the first person to sign on.ai???

Next they contacted writer and world famous voice actor David Hayter (Metal Gear). Says Oai??i??Brien, ai???In the 90s Hayter went to LA to be an actor and ended up becoming an A-list screenwriter ai??i?? he wrote the first two X-Men movies! We heard he still had that original urge to act onscreen, so we reached out. His response was, ai???When someone asks me to be in their movie I have two questions, when does it start and where do you need me to be?ai??i??ai???

Casting Frank Moore (The Long Kiss Goodnight) as the Devil (Mr. Arkadi) was also a clear choice. Oai??i??Brien recalls Mooreai??i??s audition, ai???He didnai??i??t move. He just quietly did his part and then left http://ujang.net/?p=5960 the room abruptly. He was terrifying.ai???

When it came to casting the fearless female protagonist Jacinta, Casey Hudecki was the only person they considered. Says Oai??i??Brien, ai???With an independent movie, you can make riskier choices. Caseyai??i??s also a stunt performer, has the real chops ai??i?? and she happily hung upside http://www.moneyletter.de/sale-lady-era/ down for an entire day.ai???

With elements of Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, and even a dash of Groundhog Day, The Devilai??i??s Mile has many archetypal alt influences, but as Oai??i??Brien is quick to point out, itai??i??s not a direct homage to anything. ai???Itai??i??s a classic crime thriller that edges slowly towards horror.ai???

Presented by Phase 4 Films and Swim Pictures/Groversmill. Exec Producer: Colin Geddes. Also stars: Amanda Joy Lim and Samantha Wan.

You Can Do That on Film!

June 2014For his first feature film, Guidance, writer, director, and lead actor Pat Mills taps into his child-actor days when he was one of the stars of YTVai??i??s You Canai??i??t Do That on Television. Add to that his long-running obsession with those messy, painful high school years and you have a never-coming-of-age story that is also a kind of never- coming-out story. Like Mills, the main character, David Gore, doesnai??i??t identify with either sex, and posits, ai???Canai??i??t we be neither?ai???

Based on his contention that well-adjusted ai???normalai??? people are of absolutely no use to those of us in trouble, Mills created a heightened, darkly hilarious version of himself and unleashed him on a fictional high school as an openly substance-abusing guidance counselor. A quick trip through his Telefilm trailer hooks you. Mills is hilarious, outrageous, and his style smacks of the authentic and the surreal ai??i?? think Welcome to the Doll House with a fresh slap of WTF? Gore drinks while riding his bicycle, shuns dire warnings from his doctor, and in desperate need of a paying gig literally fakes his way into the position of guidance councilor. Says Mills, ai???I wanted to play with the irony of someone employed by the self-help industry who is about as psychologically damaged as it gets.ai???

Co producers: Mike MacMillan, and Alyson Richards (The Tom Green Show).

Sex and the Set

June 2014In an usual move, writer/director Jeremy Lalonde cast his film Sex After Kids before he went from outline to script. With hefty Canadian star power onboard like Gordon Pinsent and Peter Keleghan, Lalonde had a good reason to wait and write to the talent. Sex After Kids is a multi-generational ensemble comedy that involves a lot of funny Canadian actors ai??i?? often in multi-dimensional sex scenes.

June 2014Says Keleghan, ai???Sex scenes are awkward. Nice to meet you, Iai??i??m going to rub your breasts now. Itai??i??s always very by the numbers, nothing remotely sexy about it. But they can be very funny ai??i?? the sound Amanda (Brugel) made when she had that orgasm, it was like a possessed goat. I couldnai??i??t stop laughing.ai??? Ennis Esmer (The Listener), who plays Shannon Becknerai??i??s sexually frustrated husband, jokes that if needed he can simply employ the following line in his own defense: ai???My body doesnai??i??t know this isnai??i??t real.ai???

Ensembles can be unwieldy, but the chemistry in this Canuck comedy for grown-ups crackles. Playing dysfunctional British siblings, Lost http://scrumagile.nl/buy-geriforte-syrup/ Girlai??i??s Zoie Palmer and Paul Amos have a kind of Withnail and I banter worthy of a film unto itself. Like most of todayai??i??s indie flicks, SAK owes much to crowd-funding. Says Keleghan, who is down with helping creditable new filmmakers by lending his draw power, ai???The money for filmmaking has become so fragmented that crowd sourcing is the new normal. That also means that the distance between the creative and the screen is much shorter than itai??i??s ever been, and I think that part is terrific.ai??? With a large but effective cast and moments of brilliance from all involved, SAK also stars: Jay Brazeau, Kristin Booth, Katie Boland, Kate Hewlett, Kris Holden-Ried (Lost Girl), Christine Horne (Lost Girl), Mary Kronert (An Amish Murder), and Mimi Kuzyk (The Walking Dead).

Judith Klassen is a Toronto-based writer, comedian, filmmaker, and host of the celeb talk show Judecast.

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