325 Rideau St.
Friday, November 29 - December 12, 2013
Directed by Stephen Frears
98 minutes, 2013, U.K., U.S., France
Parental Guidance: 124A, Mature Theme
"Philomena" is a sad film. It follows the story
of a retired Irish Nurse who, as a
pregnant, unwed teenager, was sent to a convent.
Her child, Anthony, was kept separate from her
at the residence, and she could only see him one
hour a day. The action of the nuns at the
convent seems cruel and unusual punishment.
Children at the convent were fair game for
adoption. The nuns burnt records and sold babies
to Americans for 1000 pounds (1952). Philomena
loses track of her child. The Catholic 'sisters
of little mercy' don't seem to care about the
The story is 'inspired by true
events' and is based on the book
"The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,"
by Martin Sixsmith. Judi Dench plays Lee
and Steve Coogan plays Sixsmith, a journalist
who has lost his job and who needs work. He
pitches the story to an editor and begins to
investigate what happened to Anthony. Together
he and Lee begin the process of finding what has
happened to her son.
Besides the story of evil nuns,
tracking down Anthony reveals all sorts of
surprises, twists and turns. It's an amazing
journey. And the relationship between Sixsmith
and Lee is precious. There is mutual respect,
kindness, and persistence in this incredible
experience. The story unravels gradually,
revealing many layers. As T. S. Eliot observed:
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end
of all our exploring will be to arrive where we
started and know the place for the first time.
(The Four Quartets)
Stephen Frears, Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
The director, Stephen Frears, you
might remember from "My Beautiful Laundrette"
and "The Queen." He's a very accomplished
The acting is outstanding. It's a difficult
film, but well-worth seeing.
Review by Lois Siegel
325 Rideau St.
Sunday, December 1 - Monday, December 2, 2013
French with English Subtitles
95 minutes, 2012, France
"Haute Cuisine" is based
on "Mes carnets de cuisine. Du Périgord à
the memories of Danièle Delpeuch, the first and only female chef
having worked for the French President François
Mitterrand at the Palais de l'Elysée.
This is the best food film I have seen. It's a
'must-see' for Foodies
or anyone who loves to eat. It's not
just the exquisite food that will fascinate you,
but it's the story and the lovely way it
unfolds. There are actually two stories that are
intertwined, a before and after. One takes place
at the Palais de l'Elysée,
the other on - the Crozet Islands,
The film focuses on Hortense (Catherine Frot),
who is strong-minded and determined in her task
to create simple, but delicious food based on
her grandmother's recipes
'Cuisine de Mere" - food the president loves.
Frot is terrific in her role as a very competent
'chef.' She works in the private kitchen of the
President, with a talented assistant. The
general kitchen is run by an old-fashioned,
traditional chef in an all-male kitchen filled
with macho young men. They call Hortense "Madame
Du Barry," after the official mistress to
The beautifully photographed cuisine will amaze
you. There will be recipes you have not seen
before. They are created with precision and
deliberate care. Be prepared to be immersed in
impeccable food throughout the film.
begins when the meals for the president have to
be altered because of heath concerns. When
Hortense decides she can no longer contend with
the authorities control
over her kitchen, she quits and answers an ad
for a male, 25-year-old cook. Her credentials,
obviously, are good. She gets the job - at a
remote research base on an archipelago in the
middle of nowhere, in the southern Indian Ocean,
in stunning contrast
to her previous palatial setting. But, smart lady that she is, Hortense
creates the same splendid food for the workers
as she did at the Palais de l'Elysée. The effect
Review by Lois
A mixture of nationalities in the same city
They even enter by different gates
Muslims, Jews, Christians, Arabs, Armenians, Greeks, Ethiopians
This is the crossroads of Africa, Europe and Asia
They each have their stories
Their cities are built on the ruins of another
A variety of customs.
But they do have something in common
They share a heritage and love of the land.
An African Adventure
The Maasai nomads of East Africa live among the animals
Zebras, Gazelles, Wallabies, Crocodiles, Hippos, Cheetahs
Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Baboons, Giraffes, Rhinos,
Hyenas, African Buffalos, Leopards, Oryx, Antelope, Vultures
Directed by Nick Brandestini
86 minutes, 2011
November 9 - 11, 2012
Most of us live in cities filled with
shopping centers, gas stations,
restaurants, movie theatres.
Imagine living in a place where there were
Welcome to Darwin.
Rod Serling would have liked this place.
It's sort of like the "Twilight Zone."
Darwin, California is near Death Valley.
It's desolate, isolated.
Even the cops stay away.
Darwin was named after a physician and
prospector - 1874.
Silver was discovered in the area.
In 1877, the population was 3,500.
It was known as being vibrant, drunken, and
Hookers, booze, gun fights.
There are lots of retired folk in Darwin;
some with shady pasts.
They've been jailbirds, miners, married 4 or
There's a son who used to be a daughter.
Everyone has a personal reason for living
But if you are patient, you will also
discover that some do have
talents. One man is an outstanding sculptor.
They live in trailers and run-down homes.
It feels like a different century.
But they are resourceful in their own ways:
Everyone donated books for a library
situated in one of the trailers.
Oh, there is a US post office. It's a
gathering place every day,
except Sunday, at 11:30 a.m. when the mail
"This is rush hour central," the postmaster
"I know more about people than I want to
It's the only 'job' in town.
There's no such thing as a mayor,
but they do have town meetings, of sorts.
Darwin is a film about people's lives.
The Jones tell us their first date was at
It's a curious film.
Review by Lois Siegel
Audrey's Costume Castle
"Await The Freight"
Mitch St. Pierre
It will also air on Current TV (United States)
Produced by Intermode
Media with the help
of Story Editor Sue Stranks
Director at the Canadian Film Television Production Association
Two daring travelers embark on the journey of
Mitch and Skot
Along the way they encounter countless difficulties and obstacles
that come rolling with the wheelchair and living life off the beaten
Come along for the ride and see how they meet adversity and beat
Mitch, who has been diagnosed with a brittle bone disorder
sets out on this dangerous expedition in a wheelchair.
He faces unbelievable barriers when attempting freight train hops in
the constraints of his chair. Accompanied by his best friend Skot
the two document their story as they face the unknown in "Await the
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07.02.2011Contact:
Danny McLeod T: +1 613 282-3858 E:
NATIONAL CAPITAL TO BE MOVIE SET OF
NEW DARK COMEDY
Quiet Revolution Pictures, Majika Pictures and Denmark's
Fridthjof Films with the support of
Telefilm Canada and The Danish Film Institute will be filming
the feature-length dark comedy,
"Eddie" in the Nation’s Capital.
Photo by Lois Siegel
and Michael Dobbin
Photo by Lois Siegel
Boris Rodriguez, Director
Starring Thure Lindhart (Angels
& Demons, Into The Wild), Georgina Reilly (Pontypool,
This Movie is Broken),
Al Goulem (18 to Life, The Trotsky) and Dylan Smith (300,
Love & Savagery).
Production is scheduled to begin February 7, 2011.
Quiet Revolution Pictures:
Ottawa, ON Canada, February
7, 2011 –the Nation’s
Capital is being transformed into the set of a twisted, dark-comedy
movie entitled "Eddie." The satirical story is about a once-famous
painter who rediscovers inspiration after he befriends a
sleepwalking cannibal. Telefilm Canada and the Danish Film Institute
have partially funded the project to be directed by Boris Rodriguez
(Havana Kids, Beso Nocturno) and produced by Ottawa native
Michael A. Dobbin (The Devil’s Curse, Powerful: Energy for
Everyone, The Maiden Dance to Death) and Ronnie Fridthjof (Armadillo,
Tempo). “The National Capital Region is the ideal setting for
this movie. I’m really looking forward to working here,” says Boris.
Photo by Lois Siegel
Michael Dobbin, Producer
Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and
the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films
Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss)
both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF) and Beso
selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New
work as a producer includes Toni Harman's debut horror entitled
The Devil's Curse (aka Credo), (currently available
through Lionsgate and iTunes), David Chernushenko’s
Powerful: Energy for Everyone as well as Endre Hules'
The Maiden Danced to Death. Michael was mentored by
BAFTA-winning producer of East is East, Leslee
Udwin. He’s an alumnus of the film programme of Ryerson. In October
2006, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Canadian Film Festival
and as a story editor, script doctor and lecturer is in steady
demand on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Inrig's short, animated film
"The Depose of Bolskivoi Hovhannes" won the
Adobe Prize for High School Animation
This is his first animated film and
tells the story of a humble shepherd
on a wind-swept heath in Armenia, whose sheep begin to conspire against him.
Inrig gained significant attention last
summer with his debut feature documentary film
Exceptional Jivatma Valettas"
that chronicles his
very eccentric next-door
The film premiered at
the Library and Archives Canada.
He is currently working on another feature documentary
"The Fantastic Ballet of the Mind and Its Master," exploring the inner
fantasies of the autistic mind.
The film is inspired by his younger brother
who has been diagnosed with severe autism.
Inrig is working with
the National Film Board of Canada through
the assistance of Oscar-winning producer Adam Symansky.
Acting as the film’s executive producer is renowned Canadian filmmaker
and Order of Canada recipient Allan King ("Warrendale," "A Married
Inrig is mentored by Order of
Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary
and Ottawa filmmaker Lois Siegel.
Inrig's first dramatic feature about an
enigmatic alien landing in northern Ontario,
is also being supported by the
Board of Canada
"The Depose of Bolskivoi
Hovhannes" was made as part of
Canterbury High School's Media Arts Program
Director: Will Inrig
Camera: Gordon Bailey
AUDIO: Will Inrig talks to All in a Day host Adrian Harewood on CBC Radio
July 23, 2008
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