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.
Kate Melville makes her feature film directorial debut with the brutally comic coming-of-age film, Picture Day, starring Sundance Special Jury Prize winner (for a breakout performance in Grown Up Movie Star) Tatiana Maslany (The Vow, Orphan Black), Spencer Van Wyck (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Steven McCarthy (Eye of the Beholder, The Skulls, lead singer of The ElastoCitizens), Mark DeBonis (“Great Canadian Laugh Off,” “The 11th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards”) 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”).
Picture Day is executive produced by Daniel Iron (Inescapable, Bang Bang Club, Cairo Time, Away From Her), produced by Kate Melville, Lauren Grant (Savage, A Window Looking In) and Peter Harvey (Seven Sins: Greed) and co-produced by Aeschylus Poulos (Inescapable, Molly Maxwell). 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.
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.