See the movie. Talk to the director.
On Friday “Still Mine” opens at the Varsity with director Michael McGowan in attendance. Following the evening screening McGowan will take the stage for a Q&A with the audience. The news was made available today by the film’s distribution company Mongrel Media.
Based on true events, “Still Mine” is a tender love story starring James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold as an elderly couple struggling to overcome illness and government bureaucracy.
Cromwell plays Craig Morrison a New Brunswick farmer and skilled carpenter who is building a new house – something more manageable for he and his ailing wife (Bujold). While old age slows him down, his biggest impediment is an overzealous inspector who tries to shut down the project. The challenge escalates, taking Morrison to court to face possible jail time.
McGowan wrote, produced and directed the film after reading a newspaper article about Morrison and his pending court case.
McGowan has an impressive filmography having written and directed “Score: A Hockey Musical,” “One Week,” and “Saint Ralph.” He also has experience working as a carpenter.
Since debuting at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, the film has been designated as one of TIFF’s Top Ten for 2012, and won Cromwell a best actor award at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.
“Still Mine” opens in select Toronto theatres May 3. McGowan will be at the Varsity following the 8 p.m. show on May 3 and 4. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.
See you at the movies.