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Julia Sarah Stone

Julia Sarah Stone, actress,

B: November 24, 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Julia Stone appeared in a number of student films and small indie productions before posting her public audition tape on Facebook, which led to her first role in a feature, that of Elizabeth Gray in The Year Dolly Parton was My Mom. She was named one of four TIFF “Rising Stars” in 2014. The film Wet Bum also screened at the festival. She played the role of Berlice Beaman in 8 of the 10 streaming episodes of When the Street Lights Go On in 2020.

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A Brush of Red (2009, short)

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)
Sunday’s Child (2011, short)
She’s a Soul Man (2011, short)
The Pastor’s Wife (TV-2011)
Zombie Jesus (2011, short)
Ellipse (2011, short)
Vampire Dog (2012)
Crushed (2012, short)
Tasmanian Devils (TV-2013)
Calling Out Fire (2013, short)
Heart of Dance (2013)
Wet Bum (2014)
Rattlesnake (2014, short)
How and Why (TV-2014)
Unearthing (2015)
Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)
The Unseen (2016)
The Space Between (2016)
Weirdos (2016)
Your Mother and I (2016, short)
The Space Between (2017)
Allure (2017)
Honey Bee (2018)
Three Across (2019, short)

The Marijuana Conspiracy (2020)
Come True (2020)
Under the Weather (2020)
Marlene (2020)
An Introvert’s Guide to High School (2020)
The Quieting (2020, short)
Unicorn Code (2022)
Before the World Set on Fire (2023)

TV Series – Cast:
The Killing (2013)
Aftermath (2016)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Emily Owens M.D. (2012)
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (2011, 2013)
Falling Skies (2015)

When the Street Lights Go On (2020)

Allure, movie, poster,

Come True, movie, poster,

November Festival Look Ahead

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November Festival Look Ahead
Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(November 1, 2022 – Toronto, ON) There are 16 Canadian film festivals on our list, some of them continuing into this month from October, some of them starting on the last days of the month and continuing into December.

The biggies include the Rendezvous With Madness which is now running and continues until November 11. As their website states, this year’s theme “#MoreThanRebellion embodies the festival’s efforts to normalize informed public discourse around mental health, addiction, recovery and wellness. More Than Rebellion means tearing down a broken system in favour of a generational change. The art showcased at the festival will mend broken hearts and soothe weary minds. This art will challenge, inspire, and enlighten. This art will fuel a rebellion, and so much more.”

Rice Boy Sleeps, movie, poster, The Windsor International Film Festival also wraps on November 11. A few days ago they announced the winner of the 2022 WIFF Prize in Canadian Film. Directed by Anthony Shim, Riceboy Sleeps was described by the festival jury as an “intimate yet sweeping film” that is “poignant, authentic, and visually powerful.” The other nominees were: Brother directed by Clement Virgo; Eternal Spring directed by Jason Loftus; Falcon Lake, directed by Charlotte Le Bon; I Like Movies directed by Chandler Levack; Norbourg directed by Maxime Giroux; North of Normal directed by Carly Stone; Something You Said Last Night directed by Luis De Filippis; The Swearing Jar directed by Lindsay MacKay; and To Kill A Tiger by Nisha Pahuja.

One of the more focused festivals, as in covering one particular area, is the International Vegan Film Festival in Ottawa. It opens on the 5th and for the first time since 2019 the festival returns to in-person screenings as well as a virtual festival that runs November 7-21, 2022.

Bernie Langille, movie, image,

Many people know about the St-John’s International Women’s Film Festival and the FIN Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax. Not to be overlooked is the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It began life as the Tidal Wave a little over 20 years ago and changed its name in 2005. As they say on their website, the festival “offers a showcase of multicultural, international, French and English programming of all genres and lengths and a comprehensive industry series which brings experienced and emerging producers and filmmakers together.” The Silver Wave begins Wednesday, November 3 and runs until November 10. It opens with the documentary Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille by writer, journalist, playwright, radio documentary maker and actor Jackie Torrens. It had its World Premiere at Hot Docs earlier this year. It’s a story of a grandson trying to find out what happened to his grandfather & namesake, a military corporal who died more than 50 years ago under mysterious circumstances. Through the use of miniature sets, Bernie use fragments of the bizarre tale almost as jigsaw pieces, to hopefully solve a family mystery and release that family which seems to be emotionally frozen in 1968, the year Bernie Langille died.

Later in the month we’ll have more on the Montreal International Documentary Festival and the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival in Toronto.

Click here to find links to these and other November 2022 film festivals. Don’t see your festival listed? Write to us at news@northernstars.ca

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.


109 minutes – Crime drama
Language: French
Festival release date: December 4, 2021 – Whistler Film Festival
Release date: July 20, 2022 – Montréal, Québec
Production company: Christal Films
Canadian distributor: Les Films Opale

Confessions, aka Confessions of a Hitman, chronicles the life of one of the most prolific contract killers of our time. With twenty-eight murders and fifteen attacks, most of them senior members of the Hells Angels, the mafia and organized crime, Gérald Gallant (Luc Picard) astonishes and confuses. That is because he is also a police informant and does not hesitate to sell out those around him. How did this stuttering little man with fragile health and a modest IQ, living with his pious and generous wife in a neat house in the heart of a quiet neighborhood, manage to thwart the most hardened criminals as well as the police?

Luc Picard won the Borsos Competition Film award for Best Director at the Whistler Film Festival. Confessions received three Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 10th Canadian Screen Awards in 2022, for Best Supporting Actor (David La Haye), Best Adapted Screenplay (Sylvain Guy) and Best Hair (Denis Parent and Jean-Luc Lapierre)

Confessions, 2022 movie, poster,



Christian Larouche


Luc Picard


Sylvain Guy


François Dutil


Carmen-Mélanie Pépin


Daniel Bélanger

Cast: Roles:

Luc Picard
Éveline Gélinas
Emmanuel Charest
Bobby Beshro
Maxim Gaudette
David La Haye
Sandrine Bisson
Louise Portal
Catherine De Léan
Raymond Cloutier
Dany Boudreault
Jean-François Boudreau
Carlo Harrietha
Vincent Mertens

Gérald Gallant
Pauline Gallant
Sergent Claude St-Cyr
Réjean Deslauriers
Rodrigue ‘Rod’ Lemay
Donald ‘Dolly’ Lemaire
Jocelyne Lacroix
Jacinthe Gallant
Jacinthe Gallant
Germain Gallant
Marc Larose
Garde du corps à Mom Boucher
Ambulance Driver

Falcon Lake – A Review

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Falcon Lake – A Review
by Thom Ernst – Film Correspondent

(October 24, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Falcon Lake has its doppelgangers. It’s familiar as a coming-of-age story—one greatly served by the performances of its young actors. It plays initially as a formidable entry into the slice-of-life drama where routine interactions between people so comfortable with each other that they’re barely visible.

Those who know that Falcon Lake is based on the graphic novel Une Soeur by Bastien Vivès, know too that this is a ghost story—the kind of gothic ghost story that might make the rounds at cottages and campfires.

It’s all so pervasively seductive that by the film’s end we are left feeling that Falcon Lake is not just a story told, but a story unveiled.

Falcon Lake is the directorial debut of Canadian actor, Charlotte Le Bon. Initially, Le Bon seems content trailing through familiar territory, especially in Canadian dramas that make use of cottage lakes and small-town summer politics.

Bastion (Joseph Engel) is 13 years old. He’s quick to identify as a soon to be 14-year-old. Bastion is spending the summer with his family at a friend’s cottage. Bastion is on the cusp of an age where he’ll no longer want to be there. The film offers no firm evidence of this, but it feels like Bastion’s last summer at the lake. But he has an unexpected diversion towards the older, teenage daughter of their host.

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The teenager, Clara (Sara Montpetit), is tuned out, preferring the company of a group of teenagers, mostly boys. Not long into their stay, Clara gravitates to Bastion, drawing him away from pestering his younger brother, Titi (Thomas Laperriere). An affection forms between the two (they even share a room). But young interests turn to subtle affections, which then turn to unspoken jealousies.

Le Bon keeps things muted, inviting us to have a closer look, to see and hear and touch the details.

Falcon Lake, movie, poster,And we don’t so much leave the theatre, as leave the film; left behind as though if we don’t latch on to the film’s final shot, there will be no other way out.

I might be angry with director Charlotte Le Bon for abandoning me in the gloom of a shadowy lake, trapped again in an adolescent angst I thought was under control. But I can’t be angry. Because Falcon Lake is a gift. And it’s a good one. I can’t say how the film might strike those younger than me, and I don’t know what Le Bon’s intent is; but for those looking back to see where time got away—it’s possible it still waits on Falcon Lake.

Directed by Charlotte Le Bon the film stars Sara Montpetit (Maria Chapdelaine), Joseph Engel, and Thomas Laperriere. Click here to watch the trailer and learn more about the cast and crew of Falcon Lake.

Images courtesy of Sphere Films.

Northernstars logo imageThom Ernst is a Toronto based film critic and writer and an active member of the (TFCA) Toronto Film Critics’ Association. His work has appeared in various publications including Playback Magazine, The Toronto Star, and The National Post. He is known to CBC Radio listeners for his lively contributions to Fresh Air, Metro Morning, and CBC Syndication as well as appearing on-air for CTV News Channel and The Agenda with Steve Paikin. He was host, interviewer and producer of televisions’ longest running movie program Saturday Night at the Movies. Currently he can be heard interviewing Canadian filmmakers on the Kingston Canadian Film Festival podcast, Rewind, Fast-Forward.

Falcon Lake

100 minutes – Comedy, Drama
Language: French, English
Festival Release date: May 18, 2022 – Cannes Film Festival
Release date: October 14, 2022
Production companies: Cinefrance, Ley Line Entertainment, Sons of Manual
Canadian distributor: Sphere Films
France distributor: Tandem

Adapted from the graphic novel Une sœur by Bastien Vivès, teenagers Bastien, a 13-year-old boy from Paris, France, on a family vacation at a lake cabin in Québec that is believed to be haunted by a ghost. He meets and develops a relationship with Chloé, the 16-year-old daughter of his mother’s old friend Louise. Despite the age gap between them, the two form a singular bond. Ready to overcome his worst fears to earn a place in Chloé’s heart, the holiday becomes a turbulent pivotal moment for young Bastien. Charlotte LeBon won the Emerging Canadian Director award at the 2022 Vancouver International Film Festival. Falcon Lake is a Canada-France co-production.

Also see: Northernstars reviews Falcon Lake.

Falcon Lake, movie, poster,



Sylvain Corbeil
Julien Deris
David Gauquié
Nancy Grant

Executive Producer:

Emilie Georges
Tim Headington
Whitaker Lader
Charlotte Le Bon
Theresa Steele Page


Dany Boon
Jalil Lespert
Jean-Luc Ormières


Charlotte Le Bon


Charlotte Le Bon
François Choquet


Kristof Brandl


Julie Lena


Shida Shahabi

Art Director:

Alex Hercule Dersjardins
Gabrielle Bossé-Beal (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Gabrielle Lauzier

Cast: Roles:

Joseph Engel
Sara Montpetit
Monia Chokri
Karine Gonthier-Hyndman
Arthur Igual
Thomas Laperrière
Anthony Therrien
Pierre-Luc Lafontaine
Lévi Doré
Jeff Roop
Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie
Éléonore Loiselle
Samir Firouz

Joël Bascaron

Women Talking

104 minutes – Drama
Language: English
Festival release date: September 2, 2022 (Telluride)
Release date: December 2, 2022 (United States)
Production companies: Orion Pictures, Plan B Entertainment, Hear/Say Productions
Distributors: United Artists, Universal Pictures

Women Talking is based on the novel by Miriam Toews about a sect of Mennonite women discussing taking a stand (or not) against the abuse and sexual attacks they, and now their children, have endured at the hands of the men in the community. While Women Talking is officially not a Canadian film, it is based on a Canadian novel and was shot in and around Toronto from July 19 to September 10, 2021. It has received acclaim from critics, who have praised Polley’s direction, the performances of the cast, screenplay, and score. Sarah Polley received the Telluride Film Festival Silver Medallion tribute award.

Women Talking, movie poster,



Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Frances McDormand

Executive Producer:

Emily Jade Foley
Lyn Lucibello
Brad Pitt


Sarah Polley


Sarah Polley


Luc Montpellier


Christopher Donaldson
Roslyn Kalloo


Hildur Guðnadóttir

Production Designer:

Peter Cosco

Art Director:

Andrea Kristof
Friday Myers (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Quita Alfred

Cast: Roles:

Rooney Mara
Claire Foy
Jessie Buckley
Judith Ivey
Ben Whishaw
Frances McDormand
Sheila McCarthy
Michelle McLeod
Emily Mitchell
Liv McNeil
Kate Hallett
August Winter
Kira Guloien
Shayla Brown
Vivien Endicott-Douglas
Lochlan Miller
Nathaniel McParland
Will Bowes
Eli Ham
Marcus Craig
Emily Drake
Caroline Gillis

August Epp
Scarface Janz
Julius Loewen
Census Driver
Klaus Loewen
Dark Haired Women
Women on the Path


Jacqueline Byers

Jacqueline Byers, actress,
Jacqueline Byers is pictured with costar Virginia Madsen in a publicity still for The Devil's Light, a Lionsgate release.

B: September 14, 1996 in Toronto, Ontario

Jacqueline Byers played the role of Jillian Hayes in 26 episodes of Salvation between 2017 and 2018. She is pictured on the left as Sister Ann with costar Virginia Madsen in a publicity photo for the 2022 Lionsgate release Prey for the Devil, aka The Devil’s Light. Prey for the Devil was selected to open the 2022 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. 

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Blizzard (2003)
90 Days (2013, short)
Fall Out (2013)
Ordinary Days (2017)
Bad Samaritan (2018)
Home in Time (2019, short)
You Are Here (2019)

Prey for the Devil (aka The Devil’s Light, 2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Roadies (2016)
Salvation (2017-2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Scared Stiff (2014)
The Strain (2014)
Timeless (2016)
Diggstown (2019)

Prey For The Devil, movie, poster,

Film Festival Catch-Up

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Promotional still from Prey for the Devil courtesy of Lionsgate.

Film Festival Catch-Up
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(October 20, 2022 – Toronto, ON) One of the problems, and it is a happy problem, is the crowded late year film festival season brings lots of news and we always have more news than we can get to. This is an attempt to quickly cover the highlights of a number of festivals that have ended recently, are just getting started or will launch shortly.

Just getting started: The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival started two days ago. We reported on the 2022 festival in September.

Prey For The Devil, movie, poster, The Toronto After Dark Film Festival launched last night with the new exorcism movie Prey For The Devil (pictured above). It was followed by the Canadian Premiere of H4Z4RD, a violent crime-action-comedy that wowed audiences at Fantastic Fest! Tonight at 7, the Sundance hit sci-fi mystery horror Something in the Dirt will be followed at 9.45PM, with The Lair, the latest sci-fi action horror from acclaimed genre director Neil Marshall. Toronto After Dark ends this Sunday, October 23. BTW, Prey For The Devil, aka The Devil’s Light, a Lionsgate release, opens just in time for Halloween, and costars Toronto-born Jacqueline Byers.

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) started last night with a screening of I Like Movies. Our Film Correspondent, Thom Ernst, wrote this about the film when it screened at TIFF, “The film is a funny and kind story of an unlikeable outsider (who I happened to like) who forms an unexpected friendship with his older, more thoughtful, and emotional superior boss at a local video store.”

I Like Movies, image,

The director of I Like Movies, Chandler Levack made an appearance at the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s earlier today. The SJIWFF festival ends October 23.

Launching shortly: The 6th annual CineFAM Film Festival returns Saturday October 22nd for its two day run at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto. The festival celebrates the “limitless imagination and bold original film stories by Canadian women and non-binary creators of colour.”

Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville, Nova Scotia kicks off its 12th instalment next Monday. This year’s theme, The Future of Food. The festival spans 53 events over 7 days running from October 24th to 30th, 2022.

The Windsor International Film Festival has announced its jury for the WIFF Prize in Canadian Film. The festival starts next week and runs from October 27 to November 6 and the WIFF Prize will be handed out in person on October 30 at an award brunch.

Also opening on the 27th, Toronto’s Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.

Recently ended: The Reel World Film Festival wrapped with an awards ceremony. You can watch the 52-minute ceremony online.

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CinéFest wrapped earlier this month with its awards. Riceboy Sleeps was given the Outstanding Canadian Feature Award, which carries a $15,000 pize. The runner-up was the Québec film, Viking, but it was given the French Language Feature Film Award.

Click here for links to our list of October Film Festivals.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

RIDM and Télé-Québec present Doc-to-Doc

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Top row, from left to right, the guest filmmakers: Sofía Brockenshire, Carlos Ferrand, Dominique Chaumont, Zaynê Akyol, and Simon Plouffe. Bottom row, from left to right, the filmmakers who inspired them: Andrea Bussmann, Sylvain L'Espérance, Jean-François Caissy, François Jacob, and Robert Morin.

RIDM and Télé-Québec present Doc-to-Doc:
25 Years of Encounters

by Staff Editors

(October 18, 2022 – Montréal, Québec) To mark the 25th anniversary of the festival, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) has invited five local filmmakers, whose latest works will be in official competition this year, to program a documentary that has helped shape or inform their creative process. Thus, Sofía Brockenshire (The Dependents), Carlos Ferrand (Mecánicos piratas de Lima), Dominique Chaumont (Veranada), Zaynê Akyol (ROJEK) and Simon Plouffe (Forests) will take part in Doc-to-Doc: 25 years of Encounters section presented by Télé-Québec. RIDM was Quebec’s first film festival dedicated to documentaries and presents the best non-fiction films, including the works of established directors and new talents. The Doc-to-Doc evenings are free of charge, open to all, and are presented as part of the festival’s 25th edition, which runs from November 17 to 27.

RIDM logo, image, The selected films will be screened one at a time, from November 21 to 25, at the Cinémathèque québécoise’s Fernand-Seguin screening room. Each presentation will begin with a filmmaker-programmer explaining why their documentary pick is so important to them. Following each screening, they will then have a conversation with the filmmaker who inspired them (Andrea Bussmann, Sylvain L’Espérance, Jean-François Caissy, François Jacob, Robert Morin). A delightful way to highlight the festival’s “rencontres” or ‘encounters’ component.

This year, Sofía Brockenshire will present the North American premiere of The Dependents. Through a meticulous exploration of the diary kept by the filmmaker’s father for decades, this feature film is a bold family portrait with a rich soundtrack that moves between past and present and touches on themes of home, uprootedness, and today’s major patterns of migration.

As part of Doc-to-Doc, she will be in conversation with Andrea Bussmann about the film Fausto, whose world premiere took place at Locarno in 2018. Set in Oaxaca, Mexico, Fausto blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy in its explorations of the mythologies and folklore of the community it is rooted in.

This year, Carlos Ferrand brings the world premiere of his latest short film, Mecánicos piratas de Lima, to the RIDM. In the 1970s, the filmmaker worked as a director of photography for Peru’s revolutionary military government. Recently edited from Super 8 footage shot in that very context, the film takes viewers on a poetic journey into a timeless past.

As part of Doc-to-Doc, Carlos Ferrand chose to program The Song of Empedocles (2019) by Sylvain L’Espérance and Marie-Claude Loiselle. Surveying Greece, the film captures the spirit of a place where tradition and know-how collide with modern industry under the placid gaze of landscapes imbued with a rich history.

Also presented as a world premiere this year, Veranada by Dominique Chaumont provides a glimpse into the daily life of shepherds working in the heat of Malargüe, a town in western Argentina. The droughts brought about by global warming represent a major obstacle to sustaining their way of life. The film is both a contemplative portrait and a wake-up call to the impacts of climate change.

For Doc-to-Doc, the filmmaker has teamed up with Jean-François Caissy to present his documentary Journey’s End (2009), a tender exploration of old age. The film plays on the innate power of cinema in its simplest form.

As previously announced, ROJEK by Zaynê Akyol will have its Quebec premiere at the RIDM. The film weaves together a series of candid testimonials with some of the most prominent members of the Islamic State, held in captivity in Syrian Kurdistan. Filmed with incredible intimacy, these unnerving interviews confront us with a slew of fundamentalist beliefs.

The filmmaker chose to engage in a dialogue with François Jacob about his film A Moon of Nickel and Ice (2016). The documentary takes us to the mining town of Norilsk in Russia, where polar winds and industry pollution prevail, and where inhabitants dream of escape.

Simon Plouffe is back at the RIDM with the Quebec premiere of his latest short film, Forests. The outcome of a precise and subtle process, both in terms of sound and visuals, the film relates Innu stories rooted in forests that were destroyed after the construction of dams in unceded territories. In doing so, Forests also underscores the importance of trees for various ecosystems as well as all life on Earth.

He will partner up with Robert Morin to screen the classic Whoever Dies, Dies in Pain (1998). Toying with the boundaries of reality, this narrative fiction unfolds during a raid on a drug den, as junkies take two police officers and a cameraman hostage, forcing the latter to record their account of the events.

Films available on telequebec.tv and Télé-Québec application:

To (re)discover some of the filmmakers who will take part in Doc-to-Doc, the RIDM has teamed up with Télé-Québec to offer five of their documentaries free of charge. Starting next Wednesday, October 26, the Télé-Québec streaming platform telequebec.tv and the Télé-Québec application will host Gulîstan, Land of Roses (2016) by Zaynê Akyol, Others’ Gold (2011) by Simon Plouffe, Guidelines (2014) by Jean-François Caissy, Americano (2007) by Carlos Ferrand and Epecuén (2011) by Sofía Brockenshire. These films will be available until November 27.

The full program for the RIDM’s 25th edition will be unveiled Wednesday, October 26, 2022 and the 25th annual RIDM will take place from November 17 to 27, 2022.

Click here for a link to RIDM and other November 2022 film festivals.


Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau

Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau, actress,

B: October 18, 2002

Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau’s work in the short film La Coupe (The Cut) was recognized with a Best Female Performance award at the Molise Cinema Film Festival in Italy. In 2017 she was given the Geneviève Bujold Award by Espoir du Cinéma Québécois for her work in the short, Les Rois mongols (Cross my heart).

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Alexis le Trotteur (2010, short)
La Coupe (aka The Cut, 2013, short)
Démon (2014)
Nelly (2016)
Les roles Mongols (2017)
Speak Love (2018)
Teen Fever (2018)
Les Filles Aussi (2019, short)

All About Girls (2020, short)
Sam (2021)
Plume (2022, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Avec-moi (2019, mini-series)
Le 422 (2019-2020)
Les bracelets rouges (2022) 

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Subito Texto (2016)
30 vies (2016)

La vie compliquée de Léa Olivier (2020)
Piégés (2020)
L’homme qui aimait trop (2020)

Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau is represent by:
Sybille Sasse Talent and Modeling Agency
1600 Notre Dame West
Suite 205
Montreal, Québec
H3J 1M1

Phone: 1 (514) 934-0393
Fax: 1 (514) 934-0326
Email: info(at)sybillesasse.com

Nelly, movie, poster,
Poster for Nelly courtesy of Entertainment One.

Grey’s Canadians

Grey’s Canadians
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Grey’s Canadians
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(October 17, 2022 – Toronto, ON) It was Caterina Scorsone’s birthday yesterday. If you don’t recognize the name I’m sure you know her face and if you’re one of the legend of fans of the American series Grey’s Anatomy then you also know her character. She began playing the role of Dr. Amelia Shepherd in 2010. Her character was the sister of Dr. Derek Shepherd, played by Patrick Dempsey, making her sister-in-law to series star Ellen Pompeo’s Dr. Meredith Grey.

Born in Toronto, according to one article, the future Dr. Amelia Shepherd first appeared in front of the cameras on an episode of the popular CBC kids series Mr. Dressup, a series that was on the air for almost 30 years. Caterina Scorsone played Michelle Parker in 26 episodes of the Canadian series Power Play and made an appearance on The Border, but it was her 12 years on Grey’s Anatomy that started me thinking about the other Canadian actors who have landed key spots on one of the most popular and long-running series on television.

Sandra Oh, photo,
Sandra Oh pictured in her role on Killing Eve.

For most of us, the first Canadian that comes to mind when we think of Grey’s Anatomy is Sandra Oh. She’s been in more than half of the episodes since the series debuted in 2005. Oh played Dr. Christina Yang and picked up a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in January of 2006 for her work on the series. She continued in that role until the last episode of the 2014 season, but has made occasional return visits ever since. Recently associated with Killing Eve, Sandra Oh had established quite a career before she landed her almost 10-year run on Grey’s Anatomy including Last Night (1998), Under The Tuscan Sun (2003) and the critically acclaimed Sideways, released in 2004.

Giacomo Gianniotti, actor, Grey;s Anatomy,Born in Rome, actor Giacomo Gianniotti joined the cast the year after Sandra Oh bowed out. He began playing Dr. Andrew DeLuca in 2015. He was in the Canadian films Race, released in 2016 and The Cuban in 2019 and provided the voice of a young fisherman in the hit animated feature Luca in 2021. He was also back on Grey’s Anatomy in 2021, but this time behind the camera directing 1 episode that year.

Toronto-born Peyton Kennedy had a short run on the series, playing Betty Nelson in 12 episodes between 2018 and 2019. She was 14 at the time and it was a breakthrough role. Not yet 20, Kennedy played Toronto-born world famous actress and studio mogul Mary Pickford when she appeared on the series Murdoch Mysteries.

Stratford, Ontario’s Joe Dinicol also had a brief stay on Grey’s. He got to be Dr. Mitchell Spencer in 6 episodes in 2015.

Over the years the character of Dr. Meredith Grey has had many romantic encounters including the on again off again on again time with Dr. Nick Marsh. There was a hot single episode in 2018 and then he was gone. He being Scott Speedman. Born in England, Speedman grew up in Canada. Once known for his role of Ben Covington on the TV series, Felicity, he recently costarred in David Cronenberg’s 2022 release Crimes of the Future. His character of Dr. Marsh returned in 2021 and the relationship between Marsh and Dr. Meredith Grey promises to heat up the 2022 season, either through differences in their approach to his work at Grey Sloan Memorial or through more of their passion for each other, which they rekindled last season.

If I have missed someone, let us know by writing us at news@northernstars.ca

Updated, image Thanks to areathirtythree.com for pointing out guest appearances on Grey’s Anatomy by Anastasia Phillips in Episode 13.22 as Marie Fisher and by Saul Rubinek was Eli Rigler in Episode 14.17.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

Caterina Scorsone

Caterina Scorsone, actress,

B: October 16, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario

Caterina Scorsone is best known for playing the role of Dr. Amelia Shepherd in the hit series Grey’s Anatomy. Her character was the sister of the late Dr. Derek Shepherd, played by Patrick Dempsey, making her sister-in-law to series star Ellen Pompeo’s Dr. Meredith Grey. She began her acting career when she was 14 with appearances in two made-for-television movies. She has played Dr. Amelia Shepherd in Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Station 19. She played Michelle Parker in 26 episodes of the Canadian series Power Play.

Also see: Grey’s Canadians.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

When the Dark Man Calls (TV-1995)
Shock Treatment (TV-1995)
Strike! (1998)
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families (TV-1998)
Teen Knight (1999)
The Devil’s Arithmetic (TV-1999)
The Third Miracle (1999)
Rated X (TV-2000)
Common Ground (TV-2000)
Borderline Normal (2001)
My Horrible Year! (TV-2001)
Ny-Lon (TV-2008)
Edge of Darkness (2010)
The November Man (2014)

TV Series – Cast:
Power Play (1998-2000)
1-800-Missing (2003-2006)
Alice (2009, mini-series)
Private Practice (2010-2013)
Grey’s Anatomy (2010-)

TV Series – Guest Appearances:
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996)
Ready or Not (1996)
Flash Forward (1996)
Goosebumps (1996, 1998)
John Woo’s Once a Thief (1998)
The Associates (2002)
The Border (2008)
Search and Rescue (2008)
Crash (2008, 2009) 
Castle (2009)

Station 19 (2020)

Michael Rowe

Michael Rowe, actor,
Michael Rowe at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards
© 2019 by Ralph Lucas

B: in St. John's, Newfoundland

Michael Rowe is known for his recurring role as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot in the first and second seasons of Arrow. He returned in later seasons in a guest starring role. Born in St. John’s, he now makes his home in Vancouver. He is pictured at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Soapstone Hippo (2009, short)

Lies (2011, short)
Boltcutter (2011, short)
Sleepy Stories (2012, short)
The Business of Acting (2012, short)
Godzilla (2014)
Tomorrowland (2015)

Suck It Up (2016)
Crown and Anchor (2018)

Fishbowl (2022, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe (2017)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Arrow (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
The Flash (2016)
Hudson & Rex (2021)

Crown and Anchor, movie, poster,

Ross Munro

Ross Munro, film director,

B: in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ross Munro was born in Winnipeg and is known for his short films and the 2000 feature Brewster McGee. We list his credits as a Director first.

Also see: A Trip Down Memory Lane.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Rinaldo! (1990, short)
Brewster McGeee (2000)
Broken Palace (214, short, documentary)
Young, British and Snotty (VR-2015, short)
A Legacy of Whining (2016)
Princess Lamp (2016, short)
European Tour ’73 (2020)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Rinaldo! (1990, short)
Brewster McGeee (2000)
Broken Palace (214, short, documentary)
Young, British and Snotty (VR-2015, short)
A Legacy of Whining (2016)
European Tour ’73 (2020)

Credits as a Producer:
Rinaldo! (1990, short)
Brewster McGeee (2000)
Broken Palace (214, short, documentary)
Young, British and Snotty (VR-2015, short)
A Legacy of Whining (2016)

Credits as an Actor:
Young, British and Snotty (VR-2015, short)
A Legacy of Whining (2016)
It’s About Love (2017)
Fat Punk (2018)
Shin-chi’s Canoe (2018, short)
Indian Road Trip (2019)

European Tour '73, poster,

A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Trip Down Memory Lane, image,

A Trip Down Memory Lane
by Ralph Lucas

(October 13, 2022 – Toronto, ON) There is a term used for certain films created to look like they were edited from some unknown original source. Dubbed “found footage” films, one of the first was Cannibal Holocaust in 1980, but the one most people remember is the 1999 feature The Blair Witch Project. Almost all found footage films fall somewhere in the broad horror category. In short, they are designed to scare you.

A Trip Down Memory Lane, image, poster, There is, of course, another more gentle sort of found footage. Depending on when you were born and when your parents were born, chances are somewhere in your home, their home or maybe in the attic at your grandparents, there are boxes and boxes of 8mm or Super8 film just waiting to be discovered.

Winnipeg-born filmmaker Ross Munro is probably best known for his 2000 feature film Brewster McGee, one of only two features he’s made. Most of his work is in short films and his most recent, European Tour ’73 relies extensively on old home movies and his sense of humour.

The title says it all. Almost 50 years ago, his mom and dad decided to take young Ross and his four young siblings on a trip through parts of Europe. After arriving in London, the 7 of them set off in a classic Volkswagen Camper Van. Their budget: $5.00 a day.

Running a little over 15-minutes, this short uses the home movies found footage, some stock film and some clever animation. Munro narrates the the film and the story, like the trip being recalled, ranges from joyous to funny to a few particularly poignant scenes.

As publisher I have to admit that we don’t pay enough attention to short films. I have often written that one of the great things about short films is, if you don’t like what you’re watching, it’s usually over fairly quickly. It screened once last night at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, but if you have a chance to see it in the future, give European Tour ’73 a shot.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

We’re All In This Together

87 minutes – Comedy-Drama
Language: English
Festival release date: 2021
Release date: October 12, 2022
Production company:
Canadian distributor:

Based on the novel by Amy Jones, Katie Boland’s We’re All In This Together focuses on the already dysfunctional Parker family. A video of a woman going over a waterfall goes viral and one of her twin daughters Finn (Boland plays both) is confronted by a news reporter about the event, which is how she learns the woman in the barrel is their mother. “Is” not “was” because mom (Martha Burns) has survived. As Joe Biden would put it, this is a pivotal moment in the life of this family. A scandal ensues and the Parker family must come together to fix past wounds and lay the foundations for a more normal future. No easy thing. The relationship between Finn and her highly-strung twin sister Nicki is best described as volatile. Add to that a younger sister, Paris, is dealing with her own confusions of adolescence. What has been accurately described as a tour de force, Boland, as mentioned, plays the twin sisters, adapted the book for the screen, co-produced it and makes her feature film directorial debut.

Shot in Hamilton, Ontario, the film played at several U.S. film festivals before having its Canadian Premiere at the Whistler Film Festival in December 2021.

Also see: Katie Boland Shoots.

We're All In This Together, movie, poster,



Katie Boland
Paula Brancati

Executive Producer:

Gail Harvey
Jay Firestone

Associate Producer:

Mark Pancer

Line Producer:

Chantal Kemp


Katie Boland


Katie Boland


Colin Hoult


Jim Munro Gabi Arno


Michael Boland Nathaniel Smith

Art Director:

Shazia Mawani (Set Decoration)

Costume Designer:

Ana Alic

Cast: Roles:

Katie Boland
Alisha Newton
Jenny Raven
Martha Burns
Madison Cheeatow
Adam Butcher
Nicole Stamp
Daniel Jun
Jenna Warren
Matilda Davidson
Sheldon Davis
Saad Siddiqui

Finn / Nicki Paris
Pink Haired Girl
Red Haired Girl

Academy Appoints New CEO

Academy Appoints New CEO, image,
Photo by George Pimentel supplied.

Academy Appoints New CEO
by Staff Editors

(October 5, 2022 – Toronto,ON) The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy) has announced the appointment of Tammy Frick as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective Monday, October 31, 2022. Frick joins the organization following a search led by the Board of Directors of the Canadian Academy, succeeding Beth Janson who left the organization in April 2022.

With 27 years of experience as Executive Director of Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, Frick will assume leadership for the largest non-profit professional media arts organization in Canada and will oversee both the National and Quebec branches of the Canadian Academy. Her dedication to innovation and the growth of the Canadian screen-based industries, along with her passion for developing creative works and opportunities for talent both in front of and behind the camera, will bring a unique perspective to the Canadian Academy’s ongoing mission to foster industry growth, knowledge, inclusion, and mentorship.

“After an extensive search, we are extremely confident that we have found a fantastic candidate to lead the Canadian Academy,” said John Young, Chair, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “Tammy’s experience and knowledge of the industry will be extremely beneficial to advancing our hard work towards developing, recognizing, celebrating and advocating for Canadian talent in Canada’s screen-based industry. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire organization, I’d like to offer a sincere thank you to Louis Calabro for guiding us through the last six months and leaving the Academy in a great place for Tammy to step in and continue to help us make impactful change.”

“I am honoured and thrilled to enter this chapter as the Canadian Academy’s next CEO. It is a privilege to be granted this opportunity to further develop my passion for the Canadian content industry as the leader of such an important organization,” said Frick, incoming CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “While I will certainly miss my family at Cinéfest Sudbury and am incredibly proud of all that we have achieved, I am elated to bring my years of knowledge and experience, along with a fresh perspective, to this organization to help further develop our country’s world class industry.”

Frick has always been an integral part of the vibrant arts community in Northern Ontario and beyond. In addition to her tenure as Executive Director of Cinéfest Sudbury, she has served on the board of directors of several organizations, including as a founding member of Music and Film in Motion (MFM), which transitioned to Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) in 2014. A strong believer in the mission of the organization, which seeks to promote and foster the ongoing expansion of the media arts sector in Northern Ontario, Frick took on a secondary role as CION’s Associate Executive Director in addition to her responsibilities with Cinefest. Frick was honoured with a Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business by Women in Film & TV (WIFT-Toronto) in 2019.

With Frick’s appointment, effective October 31, 2022, Interim CEO, Louis Calabro, will resume his key leadership role at the Academy executive level.

SOURCE: The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

Beachcombers Animated

Beachcombers Animated, image,
Robert Clothier, Bruno Gerussi & Pat John in a CBC promotional photo for The Beachcombers.

Beachcombers Animated
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(October 5, 2022 – Toronto, ON) You need to be of a certain age to remember the highly successful CBC series The Beachcombers. It went off the air in 1990. But it had been on the air since almost exactly 50 years ago, October 1, 1972. Back before there were more channels than anybody could use, the series regularly grabbed more than a million viewers each week. To say it was one of the most successful Canadian television series of all time is a bit of an understatement. The 30-minute show, shot on film, ran for 387 episodes. It was named one of Canada’s all-time best television series in a 2017 poll conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival. And now there just might be a reboot, but this time it will be animated.

Created by L.S. Strange and Marc Strange, the idea to launch an animated version comes from industry veterans Blair Peters and Nick Orchard.

“We are super excited to bring these iconic Canadian characters to a whole new audience”, said Peters, best known for his work on award-winning series such as Yvon of the Yukon, Being Ian and Kid vs Kat. He loved cartoons as a kid and attended Sheridan College in Oakville, known for its animation program. His first job at Crawley Films in Ottawa before moving to Vancouver to start up Studio B Productions with his colleague, Chris Bartleman. The studio went on to produce over 1000 half hours that sold to over 100 countries worldwide on networks such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Teletoon, YTV and the BBC. After 20 years in business that saw the Studio receive numerous awards, the pair sold the company to media giant DHX Media in 2007. Blair stayed with the company until 2011. He now consults for creators and develops series of his own.

Nick Orchard worked on the original series and brings over 30 years of experience to this new project, have inked a deal with the show’s original creators. The team is fleshing out designs and concepts in the coming months with a plan to pitch the series to Canadian, US and European broadcasters in Spring 2023. “The goal is to take all the best parts of the original series and build on them to tell stories with humour and heart, while tackling real issues the world faces today”, said Orchard, who has been in the film and television business for over half a century. He was a child actor on stage, radio and TV, and grew up to produce hits like The Beachcombers (CBC), Eastenders (BBC) and Brookside (Channel 4). For more than 30 years he has been the head of Soapbox Productions Inc., producing network series such as the popular teen drama Northwood as well as producing and directing award-winning documentaries and comedy series such as the iconic Double Exposure for CTV and the Comedy Network.

It is too early to predict who will get to be the voices of the various characters. Bruno Gerussi played Nick Adonis, Robert Clothier played Relic and Pat John played Jesse Jim. Rae Brown played Molly Carmody, who ran the local restaurant, Molly’s Reach.

Now, in the universe of 500+ channels, the chances of the animated Beachcombers being successful is very likely. The original series was broadcast in over 35 countries and adapted into numerous languages, which is lot easier to do with animation.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s

October Film Festivals 2022

Empty Cinema Seats, image,
Empty cinema seats at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema. Photo by Ralph Lucas for Northernstars.ca

October Film Festivals 2022
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(October 3, 2022 – Toronto, ON) We are in the last quarter of the year and the next two months are two of the busiest when it comes to film festivals. There are a handful of festivals in December, but a larger event later that month seems to take precedence.

The Edmonton and Calgary film festivals wrapped over the weekend and were at the tail end of festivals that started in September. Not counting them, there are 17 Canadian festivals in October and those are just the ones we know about. Some of the largest and more important festivals happen this month, including the Vancouver International which continues until October 9 and the FNC (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma) which opens this week and continues until the 16th in Montréal. Our Québec Correspondent Maurie Alioff will report on the FNC this month.

October Film Festivals 2022, image,

The Reel World Film Festival opens in Toronto on October 12th with Golden Delicious. This year the festival will be both in-person and online. There are 34 Canadian films on the schedule, including documentaries, family dramas and innovative sci-fi stories. Directed by Canadian filmmakers who are Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, and People of Colour, its an important focus and a festival that reflects the real world through its reel world. The short synopsis for the 120 minute feature Golden Delicious (pictured above) states “When basketball-obsessed Aleks moves in across the street, Asian-Canadian teen Jake finds himself trying out for the basketball team in an effort to get Aleks’ attention in this classic coming-of-age drama set in the digital age.”

Reel Pride opens in Winnipeg on the 13th with a Short Film Competition. Two features will screen each night on the 13th, 14th and 15th.

Planet in Focus Festival also opens on the 13th in Toronto. With the most clear signs of catastrophic climate change still impacting parts of our eastern Maritime provinces and much of Florida thanks to two separate hurricanes, this festival is timely to say the least. A Canadian doc from director Rita Leistner opens the festival. Titled Forest for the Trees, it explores “the physical and emotional aspects of a community of Canadian west coast tree planters. The synopsis goes on to state, “the planters describe for the camera how the work has helped them overcome a myriad of personal issues ranging from addiction and mental illness to self-doubt, heartbreak and grief. Finding common cause, self-knowledge and meaning in their formidable task, the tree planters restore themselves and each other in the process of restoring the environment.” This is the 22nd annual Planet in Focus festival.

I Like Movies, image,

Concerned about the impact of Hurricane Fiona, we contacted the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival to ask if there were any changes to their schedule and learned the festival will go ahead as planned. The in-person and online festival kicks off on October 19 and runs until the 23rd. Founded in 1989, this year’s festival opens with Chandler Levak’s I Love Movies (pictured above).

This is what our film correspondent Thom Ernst said about the film when it screened at TIFF 2022: “Levak’s movie is much more than its title. There is little to no navel-gazing happening in I Love Movies. The film is a funny and kind story of an unlikeable outsider (who I happened to like) who forms an unexpected friendship with his older, more thoughtful, and emotional superior boss at a local video store. Levak resists romanticizing toxic behaviour while allowing her character—played wonderfully in what I hope is a break-out performance for Isaiah Lehtinen—to be awful and yet still able to win the audience’s favour. Insight is the friend of all good directors, and Levak has more than her share. Tickets and festival passes are now on sale.

Whetū Mārama - Bright Star, image,

While all festivals large or small have an important role to play in the promotion of the craft and art of filmmaking, some festivals are more important than others. One of those is the imangineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Known as the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content, this year’s festival opens with a Welcome Gathering on the afternoon of the 18th and an Opening Night Party later in the evening. The festival gets underway on the 19th with a screening of Whetū Mārama – Bright Star The 90-minute doc is about how the canoe underpins Māori culture. The synopsis states, “We once built waka/canoes from giant trees and sailed the vast Pacific by the stars. These arts were lost to us for 600 years. Then the stars re-aligned and three men from far flung islands met by chance to revive our place as the greatest navigators on the planet, a Hawaiian, a Micronesian and Hek Busby, “The Chief” from Aotearoa/New Zealand. This screening is in-person only at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 at 6:00 p.m. Box office info is online now.

Smaller, more narrowly-focused festivals in October include the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival, the Toronto Food Film Festival, the Toronto Art House Film Festival, the Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival in Banff, Alberta.

Click here for links to these and other October Film Festivals.

Don’t see your festival listed? Send your details to news@northernstars.ca

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

Emma Donoghue

Photo of Emma Donoghue copyright © 2013 by Punch Photographic

B: October 19, 1969 in Dublin, Ireland

The youngest of eight children, Emma Donoghue was born in Ireland but moved to Canada in 1998. She writes fiction and history as well as drama for radio, the stage and screen. She is best know for her international bestselling novel Room, which was short-listed for the Man Booker and Orange prizes and was winner of the Commonwealth, Rogers Writers’ Trust and Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year awards. The film version of Room won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015. Her 2022 film, The Wonder, co written with Sebastián Lelio and Alice Birch, is set in 1862, 13 years after the Great Famine. An English Nightingale Nurse Lib Wright (played by Florence Pugh) is called to the Irish Midlands by a devout community to conduct a 15-day examination over one of their own. Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy) is an 11-year-old girl who claims not to have eaten for four months, surviving miraculously on “manna from heaven”. As Anna’s health rapidly deteriorates, Lib is determined to unearth the truth, challenging the faith of a community that would prefer to stay believing.

These are Emma Donoghue’s credits as a screenwriter. 

Official website

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Pluck (2002, short)
Room (2015)
The Wonder (2022)

Poster for the 2015 film Room, courtesy of Elevation Pictures
Poster for the 2015 film Room, courtesy of Elevation Pictures