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Vinay Virmani

Vinay Virmani, actor,
Photo of Vinay Virmani at the Canadian Screen Awards © 2015 by Ralph Lucas. Used with permission.

B: January 24, 1985 in Toronto, Ontario

Vinay Virmani is the son of Ajay Virmani, an Indo-Canadian businessman and Indian film producer. He received his early education from the Second City School in Toronto and graduated from York University. He has also studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. We list his credits as an actor first.

Features & TV Movies:
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Breakaway (2011)
David (2013)
Dr. Cabbie (2014)
Komagata Maru (2015)
The Steps (2015)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Breakaway (2011)
Dr. Cabbie (2014)
Little Italy (2018)

Credits as a Producer:
Back to Innocence (2011)
Dr. Cabbie (2014)
Astraea (2014, short)
Two Lovers and a Bear (Executive Producer, 2016)
Little Italy (2018)
The Grizzlies (Executive Producer, 2018)
Anything is Possible: A Serge Ibaka Story (2019, documentary)

Family First: Meet the Nurses (2020, documentary)
Perfect Daughter (Executive Producer, 2021, short)
Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story (2021)

Little Italy, movie, poster,
Poster for Little Italy courtesy of eOne Films.

Ilana Miller

B: January 21, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario

Ilana Rae Miller was eleven when she landed a role in the Disney series The All New Mickey Mouse Club. She was the youngest Mouseketeer for her first 3 seasons on the show, but had actually got her start in the business at age 10, playing a young Cosette in the Toronto stage production of Les Miserables. Iiana Miller now works as a literary agent at the Jennifer Hollyer Agency in Toronto, Ontario.

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Features & TV Movies:
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Married to It (1991)
Studio 54 (1998)

Common Ground (TV-2000)

TV Series – Cast:
Mickey Mouse Club (1989-1993)
Emerald Cove (1993-1994)

Poster for the 1998 movie, 54.
Poster for the 1998 movie, 54.

Owen Best

Owen Best, actor,

B: January 21, 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Owen Best played the role of Bryce Anderson in the two Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies.

Features & TV Movies:
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
TRON: Legacy (2010)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (TV-2012)

TV Series – Cast:
Impact (2009, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Smallville (2008, 2009)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, movie, poster,

Paul Berval

Paul Berval, actor,

B: January 20, 1924 in Longueuil, Québec
D: February 25, 2004 in Longueuil, Québec

Paul Berval started out in life as Pierre-Paul Bédard. He was a singer, actor and humorist and for nearly 50 years was one of Quebec’s leading comics. He was also a voice actor playing the memorable roles of Alacazoo in Passe-Partout and Fred Caillou in Les Pierrafeu, the French version of The Flintstones.

Features & TV Movies:
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Le gros Bill (1949)

Les lumières de ma ville (1950)
The Suspects (1957, short)
Il était une guerre (1959)

Once Upon a Prime Time (1966, short)
Jusqu’au cœur (1969)

Duex femmes en or (1970)
Le martien de Noël; (1971)
Les Chats bottés (1971)
Fleur bleue (1971)
Les colombes (1972)
Y’a toujours moyen de moyenner! (1973)
Qui perd gagne (TV-1974)
C’est jeune et ça sait tout! (1974)
The Winner (1975)

Les chiens chauds (1980)
Les Plouffe (1981)
Maria Chapdelaine (1985)
Le Matou (1985)

Windigo (1994)

TV Series – Cast:
Toi et moi (1954-1960)
Les Quat’ fers en l’air (1954-1955)
Les Pierrafeu (voice, 1960-1966)
Passe-Partout (voice, 1977-1979)

Les tisserands du pouvoir (1988, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Cré Basile (1965)
Lecoq et fils (1967)

Excuse My French (1974-1976)

Les Berger (1970)
À la branche d’Olivier (1970)
Bye-Bye (1973, 1974, 1976)
Chez Denise (1977)

Le 101, ouest, avenue des Pins (1984)
Bonjour docteur (1987)
Le grand remous (1989)

Virginie (1996)

Poster for the 1985 movie Maria Chapdelaine
Poster for the 1985 movie Maria Chapdelaine


109 minutes – Drama
Language: French
Release date: February 8, 2008
Production company: Max Films
Canadian distributor: TVA Films

Borderline was adapted from two quasi-autobiographical novels by Marie-Sissi Labrèche: Borderline and La Brèche (The Breach). The movie crosscuts between three different periods in the main character’s life. Kiki is, or can be, a child, or a 20-year-old party girl careening toward a sex and booze meltdown, or a 30-year-old budding writer trying to exorcise her destructive past. She is the daughter of an institutionalized mother who was raised by her grandmother in a down-and-out neighbourhood of Montreal. School, when we see her as a young girl, provides the only safe haven she knows. Ad when she grows up and leaves the safety of her school, Kiki uses sex and alcohol to escape from the daily grind. Finally, at 30 years of age, Kiki finds the love that’s hardest to accept: love of herself.

Also see: Inside Québec March 2008

Borderline, movie poster



Roger Frappier
Luc Vandal


Lyne Charlebois


Marie-Sissi Labrèche
Lyne Charlebois


Steve Asselin


Yvann Thibaudeau


Benoit Jutras

Production Designer:

Frédéric Page

Costume Designer:

Marianne Carter

Cast: Roles:

Isabelle Blais
Angèle Coutu
Sylvie Drapeau
Laurence Carbonneau
Pierre-Luc Brillant
Marie-Chantel Perron
Antoine Bertrand
Jean-Hugues Anglade
Valérie Blais
Hubert Proulx
Dominique Pétin
Sandrine Bisson
Hortense Bamas
Renée Cossette
Maxime Le Flaguais
Marc Beaupré

Kiki’s Mother
Kiki – 10 years old
Mikael Robin
Tina Brochu
Second DASA Girl
Céline, a student
Thérèse, a teacher
Sébastien Vandal
Kiki’s Father

February 2022 Film Festivals

February 2022 Film Festivals, image,
NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many film festivals have postponed or changed their schedules. The links we provide will take you to each festival’s website where they will have updated information about their plans and schedules. *** Indicates last year’s dates.
Also see festivals in: January – February – MarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Don’t see your festival listed? Email news(at)northernstars.ca to send us your information.

Starts: Ends: Name: Location:
dd/mm dd/mm
26/01 06/02 Rotterdam Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
29/01 06/02 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival France
29/01 08/02 Göteborg Film Festival Göteborg, Sweden
04/02 13/02 Victoria Film Festival Victoria, BCleaf
10/02 20/02 Berlin International Film Festival Berlin, Germany
11/02 28/02 Available Light Film Festival Whitehorse, YTleaf
14/02 28/02 Winnipeg Int’l Jewish Film Festival *** Winnipeg, MB leaf
16/02 21/02 Toronto Black Film Festival Toronto, ONleaf
18/02 20/02 Toronto Next Wave Toronto, ONleaf
22/02 09/03 CinéFranco: Youth Festival Online Toronto, ONleaf
24/02 28/02 Pendance Film Festival Hybrid Toronto, ONleaf
25/02 06/03 Beloit Int’l Film Festival Live/Online Beloit, Wisconsin
25/02 27/03 Vancouver Int’l Mountain Online Vancouver, BCleaf
26/02 06/03 Festival Int’l du Film pour Enfants Montréal, QCleaf

Chris Martin

B: January 17, 1975 in Burnaby, British Columbia

Chris William Martin sometimes shows up in the credits as Corky Martin. He made an appearance in the series Terriers that starred Canadian actor Donal Logue.

Features & TV Movies:
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Pass the Ammo (1988)

Family of Strangers (TV-1993)
Moment of Truth: To Walk Again (TV-1994)
Beyond Obsession (TV-1994)
Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges (TV-1994)
Home Song (1996)
Susie Q (TV-1996)
All the Winters that have Been (TV-1997)
Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story (TV-1999)
Johnny (1999)

Sanctuary (TV-2001)
Lola (2001)
Try Seventeen (2002)
Emile (2003)
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (TV-2004)
Nature Unleashed: Volcano (VR-2004)
DeMarco Affairs (TV-2004)
Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman (TV-2004)
Intelligence (TV-2005)
Chaos Theory (2007)
AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem (2007)
The Terrorist Next Door (TV-2008)
The Unquiet (TV-2008)

Buried (voice, 2010)
Cookie (2011, short)
Look Again (TV-2011)
The Age of Adaline (2015)
Murder Unresolved (TV-2016)

TV Series – Cast:
Fifteen (1991)
Madison (1993-1997)
Amazon (1999-2000)
Felicity (2000)
Tom Stone (2002)
Heartland (2007)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Neon Rider (1992)
Hawkeye (1995)
Highlander (1996)
Two (1996)
Dead Man’s Gun (1997)
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1998)
Traders (1999)

Earth: Final Conflict (2000)
The Outer Limits (2001)
Tru Calling (2004)
Veronica Mars (2004)
the L Word (2005)
Shark (2007)
Psych (2007)
Robson Arms (2007)
Lincoln Heights (2007)
CSI: Miami (2007)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2007)
Bones (2008)
The Mentalist (2008)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Vampire Diaries (2009, 2014)

Lone Star (2010)
Huge (2010)
Terriers (2010)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011)
Arctic Air (2013)
Cedar Cove (2014, 2015)
Assassin Banana (voice, mini-series, 2015)
Motive (2015)


Jean-Claude Lord

Jean-Claude Lord, film director,

B: June 6, 1943 in Montréal, Québec
D: January 15, 2022 in Montréal, Québec

Director-screenwriter and occasionally editor, Jean-Claude Lord began his career when he was 23 with the feature Délivrez-nous du mal (Deliver Us from Evil). Among his very successful films are Bingo (1974), Pa!lez-nous d’amour (1976} and Panique (1977). In 1981, he made his first English-language feature, Visiting Hours, which reached 10th place at the U.S. box office in its first week. La Grenouille et lo baleine (1988) won several awards at major international film festivals. Best known for the series Lance et Compte, set in the seedy side of professional hockey, Jean-Claude Lord was 78 when he died in mid-January after suffering a massive stroke on December 30, 2021.

Features & TV Movies:
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Délivrez-nous du mal (1969)

Les Colombes (1972)
Bingo (1973)
Parlez-nous d’amour (1976)
Panique (1977)
Eclair au chocolat (1978)

Visiting Hours (1982)
Covergirl (1984)
Toby McTeague (1985)
The Vindicator – aka Frankenstein ’88 – (1986)
La Grenouille et la baleine – aka The Frog and the Whale (1987)
Mindfield (1989)
Eddie and the Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives (1989)
Landslide (1992)

Station Nord (2002)
Lance et compte: La reconquete (TV-2004)
Secrets of the Summer House (TV-2008)
Out of Control (TV-2009)
Ring of Deceit (TV-2009)

Second Chances (TV-2010)
Les Criminelles (2013, documentary)
Lise Payette: un peu plus haut, un peu plus loin (TV-2015, documentary)
Amour Cougar: au-delà du mythe (2018, documentary)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
Lance et Compte (He Shoots, He Scores, 1986)
Sirens (1993)
Jasmine (1996)
Lobby (1997)
Diva (1997)
Maurice Richard: Histoire d’un Canadien (1999)
Quadra (2000)
Lance et compte – La nouvelle génération (2001)
L’Or (2001)
Blue Murder (2001)
Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension (2002)
Lance et compte: La reconquête (2004)
Lance et compte: La revanche (2006)
Lance et compte: Le grand duel (2008)

Les Jeunes Loups (2014)
30 vies (2015)
District 31 (2016)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Parlez-nous d’amour (1976)
Panique (1977)
Eclair au chocolat (1978)

La Grenouille et la baleine – aka The Frog and the Whale (1987)

Les Criminelles (2013, documentary)
Lise Payette: un peu plus haut, un peu plus loin (TV-2015, documentary)

TV Series:
Jasmine (1996)

Visiting Hours, movie, poster,

Alexander Knox

Alexander Knox, actor,
This image of Alexander Knox was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection

B: January 16, 1907 in Strathroy, Ontario
D: April 25, 1995 in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England

Alexander Knox was born just outside of London, Ontario, into a family headed by a Presbyterian minister. From a very early age he showed a talent for writing and at the London Collegiate Institute, he volunteered on the school newspaper as a poetry editor. Around this same time he began to develop an interest in acting. During these early formative years of his life, his aunt, Agnes Knox Black, was a great influence on him. Following in her footsteps, he would put on plays for home, school and church.

Learn more about Alexander Knox

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The Gaunt Stranger (1938)
Cheer Boys Cheer (1939)
The Four Feathers (1939)

The Sea Wolf (1940)
This Above All (1942)
Commandos Strike at Dawn (1943)
None Shall Escape (1943)
Wilson (title role, 1944)
Over Twenty-one (1945)
Sister Kenny (1946)
The Judge Steps Out (1947)
The Sign of the Ram (1948)

Two of a Kind (1951)
The Son of Dr. Jekyll (1951)
Man in the Saddle (1951)
Europa (1951)
I’d Climb the Highest Mountain (1951)
Saturday`s Hero (1951)
Paula (1952)
The Ringer (1953)
The Sleeping Tiger (1954)
The Divided Heart (1954)
The Night My Number Came Up (1955)
Reach For the Sky (1956)
Alias John Preston (1956)
High Tide at Noon (1957)
Davy (1957)
Chase a Crooked Shadow (1957)
Hidden Fear (1957)
The Two-Headed Spy (1958)
Passionate Summer (1958)
Intent to Kill (1958)
The Vikings (1958)
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
Operation Amsterdam (1959)

The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)
Crack in the Mirror (1960)
The Share Out (1962)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Damned (1963)
In The Cool of the Day (1963)
Man in the Middle (1964)
Woman of Straw (1964)
Bikini Paradise (1965)
Crack in the World (1965)
Mister Moses (1965)
The Judge (TV-1966)
The Psychopath (1966)
Modesty Blaise (1966)
Khartoum (1966)
La vingt-cinquième heure (1967)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Accident (1967)
How I Won the War (1967)
Villa Rides (1968)
Shalako (1968)
Fraulein Doktor (1969)
Run a Crooked Mile (TV-1969)

Puppet on a Chain (1970)
Skullduggery (1970)
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Man Above Men (TV-1973)
Meeting in Potsdam (TV-1976)
The Chosen (1978)
Churchill and The Generals (TV-1979)

Cry of the Innocent (TV-1980)
Gorky Park (1983)
Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (TV-1984)
Joshua Then and Now (1985)

TV Series – Cast:
The Hidden Truth (1964)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979, mini-series)
Oppenheimer (1980, mini-series)
The Last Place on Earth (1985, mini-series)

Poster for the 1985 film, Joshua Then and Now
Poster for the 1985 film, Joshua Then and Now

Peter Hanlon

B: in Ottawa, Ontario

Peter Hanlon completed four years of study at Ryerson University Theatre School in Toronto in 1979 and began to work almost immediately. After moving to Vancouver he continued his acting career working mainly in television. In 1991 he expanded his work as an actor be teaching a part-time evening acting class. With his trained and natural abilities to communicate the often difficult concepts faced by new actors, he realized that the industry needed this sort of service and so 1 year later he created the highly regarded and internationally recognized 2-Year Fulltime Acting Program at the Gastown Actors Studio in Vancouver. He currently teaches at New Image, where he sits as one of their premier acting coaches. Hanlon gained international recognition by portraying the iconic suicidal teacher in the top grossing film of 2000, Scary Movie.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Sins of Dorian Gray (TV-1983)

And the Sea Will Tell (TV-1991)
Little Heroes (TV-1992)
Don’t Talk to Strangers (TV-1994)
Deadly Sins (1995)
Deceptions II: Edge of Deception (1995)
Annie O (TV-1996)
Hostile Force (TV-1996)
Maternal Instincts (1996)
Contagious (TV-1997)
Voyage of Terror (TV-1998)
Past Perfect (1998)
Shattered Image (1998)

Scary Movie (2000)
My 5 Wives (2000)
Room 302 (2001)
The Unsaid (2001)
Little Brother of War (2003)
Eve’s Christmas (TV-2004)
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (TV-2005)
Fetching Cody (2005)
Truth (VR-2006)
Littleman (2006)
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

Time After Time (TV-2011)
The Devil’s Bill (2012, short)
Just Living (2014, short)
Appetite for Love (TV-2016)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: One in a Million (TV-2016)
At Home in Mitford (TV-2017)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Catwalk (1972)
The Littlest Hobo (1982)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1987)
Street Legal (1987)
Wiseguy (1990)
MacGuyver (1989, 1991)

The Black Stallion (1991)
The Odyssey (1994)
Sliders (1995)
The Sentinel (1996)
The X Files (1996)
Highlander (1997)
The Outer Limits (1997)
Dead Man’s Gun (1997)
First Wave (1998)
Viper (1998)
Cold Squad (1999)
Millennium (1997, 1999)
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1999)

Hollywood Off-Ramp (2000)
So Weird (2000, 2001)
Beyond Belief (2002)
Dead Like Me (2003)
The 4400 (2005)
Godiva’s (2006)
The L Word (2007, 2009)
Search and Rescue (2008)
Supernatural (2008)
Smallville (2008)

Psych (2010)
Fringe (2011)
The Killing (2011)
Chaos (2011)
Alcatraz (2012)
Garage Sale Mysteries (2016)
Ice (2018)
The Man in the High Castle (2018)
Get Shorty (2019)

The Gourmet Detective (2020)

Fetching Cody, movie poster
Poster for the 2005 film Fetching Cody courtesy of Capri Releasing

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev, actress,
Nina Dobrev plays Mae in ‘Redeeming Love’ from Universal Pictures.

B: January 9, 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria

Born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva in Sofia, Bulgaria, Nina Dobrev came to Canada with her family when she was only two-years-old. Fluent in French and Bulgarian, in school she took ballet and jazz classes, and competed in rhythmic gymnastics. She took acting classes at Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto. Much like Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black, Nina Dobrev played the multiple roles of Elena Gilbert, Katherine Pierce, Katerina Petrova, Tatia Petrova, and Amara in the series Vampire Diaries. When not on set she loves all beach sports, including swimming, windsurfing and scuba diving. Nina Dobrev was chosen as one of the Top 5 Northernstars of 2010 by our readers.
Also see: Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland in Flatliners.

Features & TV Movies:
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Repo! The Genetic Opera (2006)
Playing House (TV-2006)
Away from Her (2006)
How She Move (2007)
The Poet (2007)
Fugitive Pieces (2007)
Too Young to Marry (TV-2007)
How She Move (2007)
The House Next Door (2008)
The American Mall (2008)
Never Cry Werewolf (2008)
Chloe (2009)
Degrassi Goes Hollywood (TV-2009)
Merry Madagascar (voice, TV-2009, short)

The Roommate (2011)
Arena (VR-2011)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Let’s Be Cops (2014)
The Final Girls (2015)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
Crash Pad (2017)
Flatliners (2017)
Dog Days (2018)
Departures (2018)
Run This Town (2019)
Lucky Day (2019)

Redeeming Love (2021)
Sick Girl (2021)
Love Hard (2021)
Redeeming Love (2022)
The Out-Laws (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Degrassi (2006-2009)
The Vampire Diaries (2009-2011, 134 episodes)
Fam (2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Border (2008)
Eleventh Hour (2009)

Family Guy (voice, 2011)
Robot Chicken (voice, 2014)
The Originals (2014)
Workaholics (2017)

Woman 99 (2021)

Run This Town, move, poster,

Redeeming Love, movie, poster,

Chris Ippolito

Chris Ippolito, actor,

B: January 12 in Alberta

Features & TV Movies:
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Tum Bin…: Love Will Find a Way (2001)
Johnson County War (TV-2002)
Shakthi: The Power (2002)
A Friend of the Family (TV-2004)
Comeback Season (2006)
Touch the Top of the World (TV-2006)
The Muffin Man (VR-2006)
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
Hush Little Baby (TV-2007)
Badland (2007)
Passchendaele (2008)

A Trace of Danger (TV-2010)
Angels Crest (2011)
Pressed (2011)
Hannah’s Law (TV-2012)
Forsaken (2015)
The Revenant (2015)
Devil in the Dark (2017)
Kayak to Klemtu (2017)

TV Series – Cast:
Hell on Hells (2011-2012)
Klondike (2014, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Heartland (2008)

Cardfight!! Vanguard (voice, 2011)
Van Helsing (2016)
Timeless (2016)
Ghost Wars (2017)
The Detour (2018)

Kayak to Klemtu, movie, poster,

Kim Coates

Kim Coates, actor,
Photo of Kim Coates at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards © 2019 by Ralph Lucas

B: February 21, 1958 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Kim Coates is pictured at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards with his award for Best Lead Actor, Drama Series for his work in Bad Blood. Coates is best known recently for his role as Alex “Tig” Trager in the Sons of Anarchy series and movies. His film career began in 1991 with The Last Boy Scout but he is also comfortable on stage having appeared in over 50 plays in North America. At 27, he was the youngest actor to play Macbeth at Stratford, He most recently wrapped a lead in the epic six-part Netflix western mini-series Godless, written and directed by Scott Frank. In early 2018 he costarred (with Nicholas Campbell) in the the national premiere of the stage production of Jez Butterworth’s explosive masterwork, Jerusalem at Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre.

Also see: Kim Coates Honoured by ACTRA.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Boy in Blue (1986)
Last Man Standing (1987)
Palais Royale (1988)
La famiglia Buonanotte (1989)
Cold Front (1989)
La danse du scorpion (aka Flame Up Blues, TV-1989)
Brown Bread Sandwiches (1989)
Blind Fear (1989)

Red Blooded American Girl (1990)
The Amityville Curse (1990)
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Innocent Blood (1992)
Harmony Cats (1993)
Dead Before Dawn (TV-1993)
The Club (1994)
The Client (1994)
Web of Deceit (TV-1994)
Model By Day (TV-1994)
The Spider and the Fly (TV-1994)
The Shamrock Conspiracy (TV-1995)
Crash (1995)
Bad Boys (1995)
Waterworld (1995)
Black Fox: Good Men and Bad (TV-1995)
Unforgettable (1996)
Carpool (1996)
Married to a Stranger (TV-1997)
Dead Silence (TV-1997)
Lethal Tender (1997)
Total Recall 1070 (TV-1998)

Tunnel (2000)
Xchange (2000)
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Auggie Rose (2000)
Killing Moon (TV-2000)
Full Disclosure (VR-2001)
Pearl Harbour (2001)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
The Scream Team (TV-2002)
Hollywood North (2003)
Open Range (2003)
Thoughtcrimes (2003)
Caught in the Headlights (2004)
A Friend of the Family (TV-2004)
Unstoppable (2004)
Bandido (2003)
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
Hostage (2005)
The Island (2005)
Silent Hill (2006)
Grilled (VR-2006)
King of Sorrow (2006)
12 Hours to Live (TV-2006)
Skinwalkers (2006)
The Poet (2007)
Alien Agent (2007)
Late Fragment (2007)
Hero Wanted (2007)
45 R.P.M. (2008)
Prison Break: The Final Break (VR-2009)
Sons of Anarchy Season 1: The Ink (VR-2009, short)
Sons of Anarchy Season 1: The Bikes (VR-2009, short)

Blood: A Butcher’s Tale (2010)
Sinners & Saints (2010)
A Little Help (2010)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Sacrifice (2011)
Goon (2011)
The Truth (2012)
Rufus (2012)
Ferocious (2013)
Robosapien: Rebooted (2013)
A Fighting Man (2014)
Mutant World (2014)
Last Days Here (2014)
Pirate’s Passage (voice, 2015)
The Land (2016)
Kim Coates Hates the Internet (2016, short)
Strange Weather (2016)
Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story (2016)
True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016)
Officer Downe (2016)
The Adventure Club (2017)
Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)
Little Mizz Innocent (2017)

See For Me (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Scene of the Crime (1991)
The Last Don II (1998, mini-series)
The Wonder Cabinet (1999)

Hercules (2005, mini-series)
Prison Break (2006-2009)
Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

Godless (2017, mini-series)
Bad Blood (2017, mini-series)

Goon: Last of the Enforcers, movie, poster,
Poster for Goon: Last of the Enforcers courtesy of Entertainment One.

See For Me, movie, poster,

Surviving My Mother

Surviving my Mother, movie, image,

88 minutes – Comedy-Drama
Language: English
Release date: November 2, 2007
Canadian distributor: Alliance Vivafilm

Surviving my Mother (Comment survivre à sa mère) is a generational comedy-drama that connects three women. It follows the familial complications that arise when Clara (Ellen David) is finally liberated from her domineering and fatally ill mother (Veronique Le Flaguais). Saddened by that dysfunctional relationship, Clara decides to probe into her own daughter`s life, and to try to build an intimacy with her. Meanwhile, Bianca (Caroline Dhavernas) prefers to keep mom and dad (Colin Mochrie) at a distance.

Also see: Inside Québec – November 2007

Surviving My Mother, movie, poster,



Denise Robert
Daniel Louis


Émile Gaudreault


Steve Galluccio


Pierre Mignot


Richard Comeau


FM Le Sieur

Cast: Roles:

Caroline Dhavernas
Colin Mochrie
Adam J. Harrington
Ellen David
Robert Crooks
Jessica Malka
Frank Schorpion
Christian Bégin
Véronique Le Flaguais
Louison Dan
Oceane Martin
Sylvie Potvin
Bronwen Mantel

Mia Palumbo
Johnny Palumbo
Clara’s Mother
Young Bianca

Kenny Robinson

Kenny Robinson, actor,

B: 1957 in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kenny Robinson has been performing as a stand-up comedian and actor for more than 35 years. His first screen role was playing a charcter named Calvin in the 1987 feature Rebel High. He has headlined at comedy clubs throughout Canada and the U.S., and been featured in nearly 30 different television programs and movies. He has also earned accolades as the creator, writer and host of the edgy late-night series After Hours with Kenny Robinson on the Comedy Network. He was a judge on a 2016 series Brampton’s Search for the Funniest Comic.

Features & TV Movies:
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Rebel High (1987)

The Third Miracle (1999)

Silver Man (2000)
Love Come Down (2000)
Down to Earth (2001)
Doc (TV-2001)
Kiss My Act (TV-2001)
The Judge (TV-2001)
Blue Hill Avenue (2001)
Murder Among Friends (TV-2001)
Love Sex and Eating the Bones (2003)
Finding John Christmas (TV-2003)
New York Minute (2004)
Cool Money (TV-2005)
Ninjamaica (voice, TV-2009)

Repo Man (2010)
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (TV-2012)
Sam’s Formalwear (2013, short)
Rocky Road (TV-2014)
The Great Canadian Screen Test (TV-2016)

CHarity (2020)
SKIN (2022)

TV Series- Cast:
Robocop: Prime Directives (2000, mini-series)
After Hours (2001, host)
Doc (2003-2004)

TV Series- Guest appearances:
Due South (1998)
Twice in a Lifetime (2000)
Radio Free Roscoe (2003, 2004, 2005)
Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye (2005)
Flashpoint (2008)

Private Eyes (2016)
Epic Studios (2017)
TallBoyz (2019)

Coroner (2020)

Love, Sex and Eating the Bones, movie, poster,

Nicole LaPlaca

Nicole LaPlaca, actress,

B: January 3, 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Nicole LaPlaca was nominated for a Leo award for her performance in the short film, Beachbound. The Canadian film, Protection was nominated for 9 Leo Awards. Nicole Laplaca is also a professional dancer.

Also see Jennifer LaPlaca

Features & TV Movies:
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Protection (2000)
The Dead Zone (VR-2002)
The Stranger Beside Me (TV-2003)
Beachbound (2004)
John Tucker Must Die (2006)
Mount Pleasant (2007)
Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness (TV-2007)
Another Cinderella Story (2008)
No One Knows Like Your Mother (2009)

Secret Liaison (2013)
Pinocchio Project (2014)
Brain on Fire (2016)
A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
Entanglement (2017)
My Baby Gone (TV-2017)
The Great Big Boo (2017)
Marry Me at Christmas (TV-2017)
Royal New Year’s Eve (TV-2017)
Violent (2018)
Dark Angel (TV-2019)
Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Game of Cat and Mouse (TV-2019)
Fallen Hearts (TV-2019)

The Babysitter (TV_2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
KidZone (2000)
Higher Ground (2000)
2gether: The Series (2001)
The Dead Zone (2002)
American Dreams (2002)
Romeo! (2003)
Renegadepress.com (2004)
Supernatural (2005)

Seven Deadly Sins (2010)
Endgame (2011)
Alcatraz (2012)
Package Deal (2013)
Falling Skies (2014)
Motive (2016)
Lucifer (2016)
iZombie (2018)
Chesapeake Shores (2019)

January 2022 Film Festivals

January 2022 film festivals, image,
NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many film festivals have postponed or changed their schedules. The links we provide will take you to each festival’s website where they will have updated information about their plans and schedules. *** Indicates last year’s dates.
Also see festivals in: January – FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Don’t see your festival listed? Email news(at)northernstars.ca to send us your information.

Starts: Ends: Name: Location:
dd/mm dd/mm
04/01 10/01 Bahamas International Film Festival *** Nassau, Bahamas
13/01 17/01 Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Fest (various) California
07/01 11/01 Jaipur International Film Festival Jaipur, India
12/01 25/01 New York Jewish Film Festival New York, New York
20/01 30/01 Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah
21/01 28/01 Trieste Film Festival Trieste, Italy
22/01 24/01 The 8 Fest Small Gauge Film Festival Toronto, ON leaf
22/01 24/01 Northumberland Film Festival Cobourg, ON leaf
23/01 26/01 ReFrame Festival** Peterborough, ON leaf
27/01 07/02 Rotterdam Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
29/01 08/02 Göteborg Film Festival Göteborg, Sweden
29/01 06/02 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival France

Jim Codrington

Jim Codrington, actor

B: in Toronto, Ontario

Born in Toronto, Jim Codrington began his acting career at the age of 13 in a Black Theatre Canada production of The Malfini. He went on to get a Bachelor’s degree from Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program after receiving vocal, instrumental and theoretical training at St. Michael’s Choir School. His first major foray into television was as co-host of the multiple-award-winning Canadian children’s series The Polka Dot Door. He is probably best known for his role as Acting Inspector Darnell Williams in the television drama series The Border from 2008 to 2010. In addition to his film and television career, Codrington has had a long career on stage, notably playing Mufasa in the Toronto production of The Lion King, and playing the title role in a Saskatchewan regional theatre production of Othello. Other performances including playing “O” in Harlem Duet at the Neptune Theatre, and Adam in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Magnus Theatre.

Features & TV Movies:
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Deadly Love (TV-1995)
Tommy Boy (1995)
Closer and Closer (TV-1996)
The Morrison Murders: Based on a True Story (TV-1996)
Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault (TV-1996)
Color of Justice (TV-1997)
The Third Twin (TV-1997)
Motel (1998)
Bad As I Wanna Be: The Dennis Rodman Story (TV-1998)
White Lies (TV-1998)
Caracara (TV-1999)
Vanished Without a Trace (TV-1999)
Pushing Tin (voice, 1999)
Half a Dozen Babies (TV-1999)
Forget Me Never (TV-1999)
The Time Shifters (TV-1999)

Dear America: Color Me Dark (TV-2000)
Steal This Movie (2000)
Trapped in a Purple Haze (TV-2000)
Witchblade (TV-2000)
The Ladies Man (2000)
The Judge (TV-2001)
Walter and Henry (TV-2001)
A Passage to Ottawa (2001)
The Matthew Shepard Story (TV-2002)
Bleacher Bums (TV-2002)
Two Against Time (TV-2002)
Gracie’s Choice (TV-2004)
Direct Action (2004)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Kink in My Hair (TV-2004)
Category 7: The End of the World (TV-2005)
Doomstown (TV-2006)
The Veteran (TV-2006)
One Week (2008)
Killshot (2008)
Continuity Problems (2009, short)

The Entitled (2011)
The Phantoms (TV-2012)
Rewind (2013)
Sunday Punch (2013, short)
Hacker (2015)
A Wish Comes True (TV-2015)
Across the Line (2015)
Gridlocked (2015)
Burning, Burning (2015)
After Birth (TV-2015)
Prisoner X (2015)
Luba (2018)

TV Series – Cast:
Polka Dot Door (host, 1971)

Liberty Street (1994)

Odyssey 5 (2002-2003)
Da Vinci’s City Hall (2005-2006)
The Border (2008-2010)
ZOS: Zone of Separation (2009, mini-series)

Bomb Girls (2012-2013)

TV Series – Guest Appearances:
Side Effects (1995)
La Femme Nikita (1997)
Earth: Final Conflict (1998)

The City (2000)
Code Name: Eternity (2000)
Mutant X (2002)
Soul Food (2001, 2002)
1-800-Missing (2004)
Kevin Hill (2005)
Queer as Folk (2005)
Life with Derek (2006)
Supernatural (2006)
Puppets Who Kill (2006)
The Dead Zone (2006)
Blade: The Series (2006)
‘Da Kink in My Hair (2007, 2008, 2009)
The Listener (2009)

Republic of Doyle (2010)
Combat Hospital (2011)
Against the Wall (2011)
Flashpoint (2011)
Copper (2012)
Rookie Blue (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
MayDay (2013)
Murder in Paradise (2013)
Transporter: The Series (2014)
Cubicle Farm (2015)

The Kings of Napa (2022)

Luba, movie, poster,

Neve Campbell

B: October 3, 1973 in Guelph, Ontario

It was almost inevitable that Neve Campbell would become an actor. It’s in her genes, as they say. Her mother, Marnie Neve, grew up in a theatre family in Holland. Her father, Gerry Campbell, taught media and drama at a high school, and his parents once performed for soldiers during the Second World War. When she was still very young, her parents went their separate ways. Her mother headed west, and Neve stayed with her dad in Ontario. The first inkling that she may have inherited the need to perform came out shortly after she started taking ballet lessons when she was six. Three years later she auditioned for the National Ballet of Canada and was accepted and her training moved to a whole new level. Fans of Mad Men may have spotted her in a 2014 episode as a fellow airline passenger sitting beside leading man John Hamm. She played the role of Leeann Harvey in 25 episodes of House of Cards. Neve Campbell reprises her role as Sidney Prescott in the 2022 release of Scream.

Learn more about Neve Campbell
Also see: Alex Campbell.
Also see: Christian Campbell

Features & TV Movies:
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Ruskin (1994)
Paint Cans (1994)
The Dark (1994)
Web of Deceit (TV-1994)
The “Forget-Me-Not” Murders (1994)
Baree (TV-1994)
Love Child (TV-1995)
The Witching Hour (TV-1996)
The Canterville Ghost (TV-1996)
The Craft (1996)
Scream (1996)
Scream 2 (1997)
Wild Things (1998)
54 (1998)
Hairshirt (1998)
Move (1999)
Three to Tango (1999)

Drowning Mona (2000)
Panic (2000)
Scream 3 (2000)
Lost Junction (2001)
Investigating Sex (2001)
Last Call (TV-2002)
Lost Junction (2002)
The Company (2003)
Blind Horizon (2003)
When Will I Be Loved (2004)
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)
Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (TV-2004)
Relative Strangers (2006)
Partition (2007)
I Really Hate My Job (2007)

Closing the Ring
Agent Crush (voice, 2008)
The Death of Harry Tobin (2008)

Scream 4 (2011)
The Glass Man (2011)
An Amish Murder (aka Sworn to Silence, TV-2013)
Walter (2015)
Hot Air (2018)
Castle in the Ground (2019)

Clouds (2020)
Scream (aka Scream 5, 2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Catwalk (1992)
Party of Five (1994-2000)
The Sea Wolf (2008, mini-series)
Burn Up (2008, mini-series)

Titanic: Blood and Steel (2012)
House of Cards (2016-2017)

The Lincoln Lawyer (2022)

Neve Campbell is represented by:

Creative Artists Agency
9830 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, California 90212

Phone: 310 288-4545
Fax: 310 288-4800

Scream, 2022 movie, poster,

Gérard Poirier

Gérard Poirier, actor,

B: February 4, 1930 in Montréal, Québec
D: December 19, 2021 in Montréal, Québec

Gérard Poirier began his acting career acting in theatre when he was 12. A graduate from the Collège André-Grasset in 1952, he became a teacher at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal, the Collège Lionel-Groulx and the Collège Antoine-Girouard. His theatre work often took him to the stages of the Théâtre du Rideau Vert and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. He began to work in film and television in the late 1960s appearing at first in small roles in various Québec television programs.

Features & TV Movies:
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Une maison… un jour… (TV-1970)
Le soleil des autres (1970)
Des souris et des hommes (TV-1971)
Quelque arpents de neige (1972)
Les beaux dimanches (1974)
Panique (1977)

Les Plouffe (1981)
Qui a tiré sur nos histoires d’amour (1986)
La ligne de chaleur (1987)
Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin (1988)

Nénette (1991)
Monsieur Ripois (TV-1993)
Catherine Courage (TV-1993)
Matusalem (1993)
Pendant ce temps… (1998)

Nuit de noces (2001)

Reste avec moi (2010)
Henry (2011, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Le paradis terrestre (1968)

Le Grenier (1976)
Du tac au tac (1976)

Le temps d’une paix (1980)

Montréal ville ouverte (1992, mini-series)
4 et demi (1994-2001)
Un gars, une fille (1997)

Mon meilleur ennemi (2001)
Le bleu du ciel (2004)

Mémoires vives (2013-2015)