The week in Nova Scotia film

The week in Nova Scotia film

Local shoots, national debuts and more excitement for movies made here.
It's been a good week for movie-makers across the province, as two of the most hyped-about recent local productions—that'd be Stage Mother and Spinster—debuted on the film fest circuit this week. Stage Mother, Thom Fitzgerlad's latest, follows a religious choir member as she inherits a drag club from her estranged son.

Who Let the Dogs Out now available on iTunes

Bring the "WHO, WHO, WHO, WHO" or "WOOF, WOOF, WOOF, WOOF" debate home.
At this year's FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, a deep dive into the backstory of The Baha Men's biggest hit debuted. Who Let the Dogs Out, as we reported back in September, traces the titular tune from Trinidad to Texas: "For some inexplicable reason, and god bless him for it, narrator Ben Sisto threw himself into intense research of the song after reading its unsatisfactory Wikipedia entry," wrote Stephanie Johns back around FIN.

Review: follow Geoff Butler's footsteps Off The Beaten Path

A dynamic subject makes this local doc an entertaining ride.
Newfoundland artist and author Geoff Butler is the subject of the locally made documentary Off The Beaten Path, which seeks to summarize his life and work. While the film itself is rather plainly put together, Butler is an intriguing enough individual that looking into his work makes for an enjoyable 45-minute experience.

Belief beyond Conviction

How a Nova Scotian documentary—airing nationally Dec 1—helped women inmates plan their next steps.
Women are the fastest growing prison population worldwide.

Let’s go to the movies

Three can’t-miss flicks to see at this weekend’s Atlantic Jewish Film Festival.
Working Women (2018) Hebrew w/English subtitles Nov 21, 7pm, Cineplex Park Lane

Review: The Souvenir will leave you waiting

The 1980s-set film follows a torrid affair at a lumbering pace.
The Souvenir screens at Carbon Arc cinema on Nov 1 at 7pm and 9:30pm. The extent of one's enjoyment of director Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir will be determined by whether a film being strong in almost every individual aspect can make up for the fact that its pace is almost unbearably slow.

Robert Eggers keeps it weird

The buzzy filmmaker’s Nova Scotian-shot flick The Lighthouse hits theatres this weekend, farts and intrigue included.
The Lighthouse Oct 25-30 Scotiabank Cineplex 190 Chain Lake Drive

Review: The Lighthouse shines on

By turns, a Lovecraftian horror; a Shakespearean haunt; high visual art; and a drunken buddy comedy, the Nova Scotian-shot flick lives up to its hype.
Anyone who’s ever stood at the edge of the ocean shore and gazed over a roaring Atlantic at night can attest to its eerie nature.

Review: Clifton Hill plays all the angles

The Niagara Falls-set film circles ever closer to a constantly obscured truth.
Niagara Falls, with its gambling and theme park gaudiness sidled up beside one of the country’s most majestic natural wonders, is rife with potential for Lynchian strangeness. It doesn’t take director Albert Shin long to tap into that disquieting feeling with Clifton Hill.

Review: The Last Black Man in San Francisco was abandoned by his city

Make no mistake, this beautiful flick is not a love letter to the Bay area.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco Fri Sep 27, 6:30pm & 9pm Carbon Arc, 1747 Summer Street $8.75

Review: Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a barrage of tenderness

Céline Sciamma’s period romance paints a picture of feminine love and camaraderie in the absence of men.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire takes place on a secluded island in 18th century Brittany, France, where Marianne (Noémie Merlant), an   ndependent young painter, is commissioned by a Countess (Valeria Golino) to paint a wedding portrait of her daughter, Héloïse (Adèle Haenel).

Review: Run this Town runs out of breath

Though its sprawling plot is never quite focused, Ricky Tollman’s look at Ford Nation is slick and entertaining.
Run this Town wants to say a lot of things.

To The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers’ latest film—a horror-tinged tale set in 1890s Maine—was brought to life with a set built in southern Nova Scotia.
The Location Matt Likely has spent years working his way up the gilded ladder of the film industry, starting as a graphic designer "making signs that are used in the background of a movie," to roles like artistic director or production designer. 

Review: Murmur is beautifully bleak

Heather Young's debut feature explores an unchecked compulsion for connection.
Written and directed by Dartmouth-based filmmaker Heather Young, (Dog Girl, Milk) Murmur—which opened this year's FIN Atlantic International Film Festival—tells the beautifully bleak story of Donna (Shan McDonald), a kind-hearted woman whose loneliness is palpable.

Review: Her Last Project sees a woman writing her own ending

The first Nova Scotian to choose medically assisted dying chronicles her final days in a raw, emotional documentary.
Shelly Sarwal didn’t view her death as a tragedy.

Heather Young’s film slays not with a bang but a Murmur

Her feature-length debut—which opens this year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival—shows the Dartmouth-based director is a force.
FIN AIFF Opening Night Gala: Murmur Thu Sep 12, 7pm Rebecca Cohn Auditorium 6101 University Avenue $50

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