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Anyone who’s ever begun a romantic relationship knows it can be hard to feel entirely welcomed by your new partner’s pals. But for the title character of this sly thriller, the situation becomes a whole lot more extreme as Victoria (Laura Vandervoort) stirs up a hornet’s nest of suspicions, secrets and murderous intentions during her first trip away with the friends of her new boyfriend. Shot in Kingston with a local crew, the terrific ensemble cast includes Aaron Poole, Michael Xavier, Gia Sandhu, and Sara Canning, Dunne’s cunning film offers a wild ride to viewers thanks to its many twists, surprising characters and enjoyably cutthroat sensibility.
Director: Robin Dunne
Cast: Sara Canning, Gia Sandhu, Laura Vendervoort, Michael Xavier, Aaron Poole
Runtime: 90 minutes
Content advisory: violence, mature themes
Director, writer and actor Robin Dunne began his career when he was still a teenager. Born in Toronto, he attended Etobicoke School of the Arts and had numerous leading roles in film and television throughout his thirty year career. In addition to acting, Dunne co-wrote the Roxy Hunter franchise for Nickelodeon, and has written and produced many other works. Some of his most notable movie roles includes the character Sebastian Valmont in Cruel Intentions 2, and Doctor Will Zimmerman in the science fiction television series Sanctuary. He appeared on CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries and in the Netflix series, October Faction.
Toronto native Laura Vandervoort made her acting debut at age 13 in the Canadian children’s horror anthology series Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Amongst her numerous acting roles on film and television, Vandervoort is best known for her roles as Sadie Harrison in the CTV teen drama series Instant Star, Arla “The Bolt-Gun Killer” Cogan in the Syfy supernatural drama series Haven, Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) in The CW serial drama series Smallville, and as Lisa in the ABC science fiction series V. In 2001, Vandervoort was nominated for Best Performance in a TV Movie by Young Artist Awards for Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire and in 2016 Vandervoort was nominated for Best Actress in a TV series for Bitten.
Gia Sandhu is a film, television and theatre actress who first became interested in acting while taking a drama class in high school. From there she attended the University of Victoria’s theatre arts program for a year. She went on to attend the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) in Montreal. Upon graduation she landed her first feature film, by acclaimed director Mary Harron, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She went on to co-star in Beeba Boys, a film by Academy Award nominated director Deepa Mehta which premiered as a Gala film at TIFF. Her television credits include Heartland, Kim’s Convenience and The Indian Detective.
Producer, director and writer Robert Vaughn started his professional career working for Roger Corman’s studio as a production assistant before landing a Production Executive job at Chesler/Perlmutter Productions in 2000. Over the next 10 years, Vaughn shepherded more than 30 television and feature films including the stylish thriller “Tempo” starring Hugh Dancy, Melanie Griffith, and Rachael Leigh Cook. After establishing himself as a creative producer, Vaughn turned his sights to writing. His credits include “Wild Horses” for HBO Pictures, “Twins” for Showtime and director Renny Harlin, and “Firegirl” for Cinemax. In 2011, Vaughn earned a Directors Guild of Canada Nomination for “The Santa Suit”. He expanded his repertoire by helming the critically acclaimed Canadian stage premiere of Neil LaBute’s “In a Forest, Dark and Deep”. Vaughn’s 2021 telefilm “Christmas Movie Magic” was well reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, and Entertainment Weekly and has garnered one Canadian Screen Award nomination and three Directors Guild of Canada Award nominations.
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