“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to premiere The Birdwatcher at Whistler Film Festival” says Director Siobhan Devine. “WFF is Western Canada’s boutique festival and it feels like the perfect place to launch a film set in the Pacific rainforest.”
This is the first feature by writer Roslyn Muir and director Siobhan Devine, and stars acclaimed Canadian actresses Camille Sullivan (Shattered, Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Killing), as Saffron, and Gabrielle Rose (The Sweet Hereafter, The Five Senses, Grace, Mothers & Daughters) as Birdy, the famous, yet reclusive birdwatcher and Saffron’s estranged mother.
Joining Sullivan and Rose are rising stars, Matreya Fedor (Mr. Young, Cedar Cove, Chaos Theory, The Troop) and Jakob Davies (Once Upon A Time, Supernatural, If I Stay). Fedor previously starred in Devine’s award winning short film, OMG, and plays Saffron’s teenaged daughter, Lucy. Along with respected screen veteran, Garwin Sanford (When Calls the Heart, Words and Pictures, Stargate SG1), the talented cast brings the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters to life.
In March 2013, Devine received the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Feature Film Award, which offers a bundle of in-kind industry services and rental packages worth up to $120K from some of Canada’s preeminent industry organizations, including William F. White Intl, North Shore Studios, Sim Digital, Encore, Front Row Insurance, and executive producing services from Carol Whiteman of Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA).
“Director, Siobhan Devine has a deft touch that inspires the best work from her cast and crew. We’re excited about the talent in this project and supporting them to tell this poignant story,” says Whiteman, award-winning WIDC Producer/CWWA President and CEO.
About the Team
Director Siobhan Devine has helmed award-winning short dramas, a documentary and several episodes of YTV teen sitcoms, Mr. Young and Some Assembly Required – she also recently won a Leo Award for directing the adult sitcom Package Deal. Roslyn Muir is an award-winning screenwriter with several produced TV movies. Executive Producers, Alexandra Raffe (I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, Endgame, Mr. Young, Package Deal), and Carol Whiteman (Lucille’s Ball); and producer Ines Eisses (Cinemanovels), round out the team.
The Whistler Film Festival runs December 2-6, 2015.
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