OPENING CEREMONY & GALA FEATURE: Hunting Pignut
Guest Speaker: Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, Ontario
Hopscotch, directed by Kate Halpin. When Chloe’s charismatic mother, Gigi, finds a new man, Chloe is pushed into a progressively deeper state of loneliness, resentment, and desperation. (CP, 2016, Drama, 20 min., Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Hunting Pignut, directed by Martine Blue. Fifteen-year-old Bernice (Taylor Hickson ) hates her life in tiny, isolated Black Gut, Newfoundland. She believes that she will never live down her traumatic childhood, which left her body and psyche deeply scarred. Bean, her mother, tries to be a friend but is too busy struggling to get ahead. Self-centred, lonely, starved for attention, and shunned by her peers, Bernice makes up stories about hanging out with her dad, whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years. Her dejected spirit takes a strange turn when her dad dies of a heroin overdose and Pignut, a charismatic but tormented and violent punk rocker, shows up for his wake. Bernice stumbles upon Pignut’s writing journal and becomes obsessed with discovering more about her father, his mysterious facial tattoo, his best friend Pignut, and their clan of nomadic gutter punks. When Pignut steals her father’s ashes right out of his urn, Bernice embarks on an odyssey to hunt down her father’s ashes and to discover her place in his heart and in the world. (TP, 2016, Drama, 1 hr. 35 min., Epworth, NL, Canada).
This award-winning film features an astounding breakout performance by “star to watch” Taylor Hickson (Deadpool) and is based on events from the life of writer/director/editor Martine Blue.
Starring: Taylor Hickson, Joel Thomas Hynes, Amelia Manuel, Jamie Silken Merrigan, Bridget Wareham, and Mary Walsh.
Audience Q & A with filmmaker Martine Blue, lead actor Bridget Wareham, and composer Simon Miminis. Hosted by FeFF Director, Leslie -Ann Coles.
Reception to follow.