Black Conflux

Director: Nicole Dorsey

Featuring: Ella Ballentine, Ryan McDonald, Olivia Scriven

Language: English

Runtime: 100 minutes

Rating: 14A


Set in St. John’s in the late 1980s, Nicole Dorsey’s debut feature reveals the darker tensions and toxic undercurrents in the lives of two characters whose paths are fated to intersect. A 15-year-old girl with a troubled family life, Jackie (Ella Ballentine) tests the limits of her freedom alongside her wilder friends while teetering on the edge of adulthood. Elsewhere in town, the older but no less awkward Dennis (Ryan McDonald) struggles to cope with urges that threaten to overwhelm him. Together, their stories serve as a cautionary parable about abandonment and alienation, one that Dorsey presents with a potent blend of dreamy bewilderment and intensifying dread.

Filmmaker Bio

Nicole is a filmmaker (and sometimes actor) from Toronto, Canada. She grew up as an only child in a suburban Ontario town, where she discovered her love of theatre and photography. Amalgamating her two passions she left home to attend Ryerson University’s film production program and obtained her BFA.


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