Journalist, broadcaster, bestselling author and filmmaker, Katherine Monk (formerly National Movie Critic for Postmedia) is the co-founder of The Ex-Press. She is also a regular movie reviewer for CBC Radio's On the Coast, Radio West and All Points West as well as Global Television and Corus Radi...
VANCOUVER — Amanda Verhagen and Connor Gaston are nominated for this year’s John Dunning Discovery Award for their film Devout. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. It will be handed out at tonight’s Canadian Screen Awards to the best first feature made for under $250,000. And if Telefilm’s trend of funding more micro-budgeted movies continues, the Dunning Discovery Award could soon become the most competitive prize of the night.
VANCOUVER — Mina Shum says she’s trying to be “a good Chinese daughter.” After a greeting at the door of the hotel suite, she ushers me to a seat, and checks to make sure the publicist is comfortable. The place is all too generic for a talk about the particular. With its creamy white walls and bleached white linens, the hotel room overlooking Vancouver’s downtown skyline is all postcard pretty, displaying snow-capped mountains and green-patina copper rooftops.
So a plumbing issue has delayed the publication of my picks which I made a few days ago, but never got around to filing because of my frikkin’ kitchen sink. Buckets and shammies will have to do for now, and I’ll write it all off to being part of a strange, strange year. I’m thinking The Shape of Water could be this year’s Color Purple, a film that went in to the show with eleven nods for Steven Spielberg and came out without a single statuette.
Apparently, we Canadians sound like cast from the original movie Fargo, with a dash of Irish Spring commercial. Sorry... but you’re still off on the vowels and intonation. Just sayin’... eh? @nbcsnl But you know, we’re ecstatic for the attention. Go (politely) Canada!
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