Thursday, February 29
The Screening Room
4:00 pm
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The Screening Room
1:00 pm

One of the breakout stars of Kim’s Convenience, Andrea Bang brings great charm and sensitivity to her latest big-screen performance as a young woman who makes the impulsive decision to deviate from the path that everyone expects her to follow. While staying with her aunt in Tofino, supposedly preparing for medical school as her parents wish, Waverly makes a connection with lifeguard Blake (Robbie Amell) and discovers she might want something different. That Blake is coping with his own set of family pressures is just one wrinkle in this remarkably assured and immensely appealing romantic drama, an adaptation of the hit novel by Kate Marchant by writer-director Sherren Lee.

Director: Sherren Lee

Cast: Andrea Bang, Robbie Amell, Sarah Desjardins

Language: English

Runtime: 100 minutes

Content advisory: coarse language, mild sexual content

Sherren Lee, director

Sherren Lee is a Writer-Director born in Taiwan, bred in Montreal and currently based in Toronto. Her first feature film FLOAT will be released by Lionsgate in 2024. Adapted from Wattpad’s wildly successful novel of the same name, Sherren co-wrote and directed this beautiful beach romance, shot in British Columbia. As a writer, Sherren co-wrote the feature CODE 8: PART II for Jeff Chan and Robbie Amell’s company. Sherren directed poignant short films BENJAMIN (TIFF 2015) and THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING (SXSW 2017), which has screened at over seventy film festivals across the globe, won a dozen awards, was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick and has over 2 million views on YouTube’s Omeleto Channel. In television, Sherren was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series for Kim’s Convenience in 2021. Her other TV credits include Murdoch Mysterie(CBC, Acorn TV), Coroner (CW, CBC), Hudson & Rex (CityTV) and Run The Burbs (CBC). Sherren is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, is a 2014 Alumna of the CFC Directors Lab and was named as one of Hollywood Reporter’s Fifteen Canada’s Rising Stars of 2018.

Simone Smith, editor

Simone Smith is an award-winning film and television editor based out of Toronto. Smith studied film production at Vancouver Film School and was a resident at the Canadian Film Centre Editor’s Lab. In 2019, Smith won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Editing for her work on the film Firecrackers, which went on to critical acclaim with Vulture calling it one of the best films of the year. In 2023 Smith won the Canadian Screen Award for I Like Movies, which was named #4 best film of 2023 in Exclaim Magazine.  Her television credits include SurrealEstate (SYFY), Strays (CBC) and The Lake, an Amazon Original series.