Telefilm Canada has announced its support for the production of nine English-language feature films from all regions of the country through the Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF). The total amount granted to produce the projects retained, for the fourth quarter of 2012-2013, is $13.8 million.
“From drama to comedy to science fiction, the selection of films is very diverse and features marquee talent,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “Directors Atom Egoyan and Paul Gross are back, while new talent such as Nick Powell, Ana Valine and Peter Stebbings will also have a chance to spotlight their work. Our Canadian producers will additionally have an opportunity to work with China, France and Germany thanks to the coproductions Outcast and Hector and the Search for Happiness.”
Director and writer: Greg Jackson
Production: Sheltered Pictures
Confirmed actors: Andrea Lee Norwood, Molly Dunsworth and Jim Fowler
Bunker 6 is a dramatic science fiction thriller. Grace has called the nuclear fall-out shelter #6 her home since the atomic bombs went off 10 years ago. When her mentor and father figure Lewis, the bunker’s technician, dies she’s left to take charge. As things begin to breakdown around her and murders start to happen she must struggle not just to survive, but to live. For Grace thoughts of the outside world beyond the heavy blast doors of the bunker could be her demise and to all those who remain with her.
Genre: Action and adventure
Director: Nick Powell
Writer: James Dormer
Production: Media Max
Distribution: Alliance Films
Confirmed actors: Nicolas Cage (National Treasure) and Hayden Christensen (Star Wars)
Ancient China – Princess Lian and her younger brother, Zhao, flee for their lives when their father, the Emperor, is murdered by his ambitious eldest son Shing. Pursued by Shing’s black guards, the royal runaways find protection in the form of Arken, a hardened knight seeking redemption from the traumatic nightmares of the Crusades as he searches for his former friend and mentor, Gallain, now a notorious bandit on the silk road. Their gruelling journey sees an unlikely romance bloom between the refined princess and the gruff warrior and Zhao learns the true meaning of leadership from this western warrior. Setting aside their differences, Aarken and Gallain once again fight side by side in an epic and unwinnable battle against Shing and his forces – only this time they are fighting for something they both believe in.
Ontario and Nunavut Region
Confirmed actors: Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern), Scott Speedman (Barney’s Version), Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast and Bruce Greenwood
In Atom Egoyan’s new thriller, Queen of the Night, Ryan Reynolds plays “Matthew”, the father of an abducted child, “Cass”. Eight years after his daughter’s abduction, a series of disturbing clues surface, convincing Matthew that Cass, now 17, is still alive. In a terrifying race against time, Matthew, the detectives, and even Cass herself must play their parts in unraveling the mystery of her disappearance and freeing her from captivity.
Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
Director and writer: David Hewlett
Production: Copperheart Entertainment
Distribution: Entertainment One
Confirmed actors: Jeananne Goossen, Adam Butcher and Jason Momoa
The Artificial Intelligence of a derelict spaceship takes a homicidal stand against the crew of young probationers assigned to eradicate it from the vessel. The disparate group, compelled to earn their freedom through a grueling work-release program, quickly fall prey to the psychotic program’s treacherous manipulation. Infighting and panic threaten to tear the already fractious team apart, until Kaida reluctantly takes charge. A lost soul haunted by the sins of her past, Kaida desperately struggles to outwit the terrifying Intelligence that fancies itself to be human. As she attempts to save her troubled peers (and her own humanity) Kaida discovers that they are all threatened with a fate far worse than death.
A sniper who has never allowed himself to think of his targets as human, becomes implicated in the life of one. An intelligence officer who has never contemplated killing, becomes the engine of a plot to kill. A legendary Mujahideen warrior who had put war behind him, is now the centre of the battle zone, the bait, the target, the prize. Three different men, three different worlds, three different wars. All stand at the intersection of modern warfare – a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems and decisions are made by the precise application of a 50 calibre round exploding out of the barrel of a Barret rifle at 850 meters…
Empire Of Dirt
Director: Peter Stebbings
Writer: Shannon Masters
Production: Redcloud Studios and Narrow Path Productions
Distribution: Mongrel Media
Confirmed actors: Cara Gee, Jennifer Podemski, Luke Kirby, Shay Eyre and Jordan Prentice
Going home was never an option for single mother, Lena Mahikan. But when her 13 year old, Peeka, overdoses in the streets of Toronto, she is forced to return home to her estranged mother and face a lifelong legacy of shame and resentment. Empire of Dirt is a story about second chances and summoning the power of family to soothe the pain of cyclical damage.
Sitting on the Edge of Marlene
Director and writer: Ana Valine
Production: Rodeo Queen Pictures and Foundation Features
Distribution: Entertainment One Films Canada
Confirmed actors: Suzanne Clément, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Callum Keith Rennie
Sitting on the Edge of Marlene is a darkly comedic feature film drama that centres on a mother-daughter con artist duo. The story is told through the eyes of 16-year-old Sammie, a clean-living but quirky survivor, obsessed with death and living with her pill-popping, alcoholic con-artist mother Marlene. It is a bittersweet and emotional journey that deals with dysfunction, love and addiction and ends with an unusual deliverance for the compelling mother and daughter duo.
Director and writer: Ryan Bonder
Production: Insomnia Productions
Distribution: Search Engine Films
Adam is from a family of illegal arms dealers and struggling to go straight. He sees his life get even more complicated when his Brother compels him to save their father from one last deal which appears to have unearthed nefarious family secrets.
Hector and the Search for Happiness
Director: Peter Chelsom
Writers: Maria von Heland, Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay
Production: Egoli Tossell (Germany) and Screen Siren Pictures (Canada)
Distribution: Entertainment One Films Canada
Confirmed actors: Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness), Toni Collette (Hitchcock), Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher), Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgård, Veronica Ferres, Barry Atsma and Christopher Plummer
Simon Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: he’s going nowhere and his patients are just not getting any happier! Until one day, armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector. And so begins an exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey.