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December 3, 2012. Toronto. The 2012 Whistler Film Festival (WFF) announced yesterday that Kate Melville’s feature film directorial debut, Picture Day, a brutally comic coming-of-age film won the $15,000 Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature Film. The Borsos jury commented, “This year, we are delighted to recognize a filmmaker whose work is revelatory: universal in its specificity, soulful, heartfelt, raw, intelligent, profoundly human and so much fun. Kate, Philip Borsos is smiling.”
Picture Day garnered a second laurel when Tatiana Maslany won WFF’s new Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film Award for her role in the film. The Jury commented that Maslany’s performance is “fearless, honest, unapologetic, heartbreaking, and hilarious… and, in our opinion, is a force of nature.”
Picture Day stars Tatiana Maslany, named one of the 2012 TIFF Rising Stars and the 2010 Sundance Special Jury Prize winner (for her breakout performance in Grown Up Movie Star) (“Orphan Black” (Space/BBC America), Cas & Dylan, The Vow), Spencer Van Wyck (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Steven McCarthy (Steal, Good God, Insignificant Harvey, lead singer of The ElastoCitizens), stand-up comic Mark DeBonis (2011 winner of Yuk-Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off), and Susan Coyne (“Less Than Kind,” “Slings & Arrows”). Picture Day is based on a screenplay written by Melville (“Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Endgame,” “Being Erica”).
Forced to repeat her senior year of high school, Claire’s (Maslany) reputation is sliding from bad-ass to bad joke. Armed with an acid tongue and shielded by ever-present headphones, Claire locks onto the only student clueless to her sordid rep: Henry (Van Wyck), a nerdy freshman she used to babysit. At night, Claire escapes to raucous concerts where she catches the eye of 33-year–old Jim (McCarthy, frontman of The ElastoCitizens), a would–be rock star who feeds on young fans’ adoration. Jim leads her into an intoxicating world of hard-partying musicians, while at school, Claire takes Henry under her wing. She reinvents her dorky friend as the mysterious rebel, throwing Henry’s life into hilarious turmoil. As Claire dances across the surface of these relationships, she eventually learns hard lessons about the difference between sex, intimacy, and friendship.
Picture Day’s eclectic soundtrack features music from many eras from around the globe, including Buke and Gase, 22-Pistepirkko, Ashley Park, The Carnaby, Dressy Bessy and more. Viewers are treated to live sets from two Toronto treasures, funk-favourites the Elastocitizens (with a special performance of Tom Waits’ “Dirt In The Ground”) and hip hop luminary Kanwer Singh aka Humble the Poet.
Picture Day is produced by Lauren Grant (Savage, A Window Looking In), Peter Harvey (Seven Sins: Greed) and Kate Melville, co-produced by Aeschylus Poulos (Inescapable, Molly Maxwell), and executive produced by Daniel Iron (Inescapable, Bang Bang Club, Cairo Time, Away From Her). Cinematography by Celiana Cárdenas (Foreverland, No eres tú, soy yo), editing by Dev Singh (An Insignificant Harvey, The Last New Year) with production design by Brian Garvey (Prick), costume design by Megan Oppenheimer (“Cancel Christmas,” “The Santa Suit,” “Re-Wire”) and music supervision by Danielle Holke.
“As a first-time filmmaker, I’m thrilled to receive the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature. The Whistler Film Festival was a warm and welcoming festival for our Western Canada premiere. I’m so grateful and pleased that the jury responded to the story, and the actors who tell it. Tatiana Maslany is a true Canadian talent, one who brings everything she has to the screen. She is a smart and intuitive and agile performer and I’m delighted the Borsos jury recognized her extraordinary work in Picture Day,” said Producer/Writer/Director Kate Melville.
Picture Day is a Snitch Pictures production and is produced with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada and the Harold Greenberg Fund, in association with The Movie Network, an Astral Media Network and Movie Central.
Picture Day is distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media and in the U.S. by Ketchup Entertainment. Foreign sales rep: H20 Motion Pictures.
Media contact: Cynthia Amsden, Roundstone Communications
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