We're excited to present a unique opportunity to GTA high schools over the next couple of weeks!
Kate Melville, writer-director of the award-winning feature film PICTURE DAY, will visit more than a dozen TDSB schools with a workshop about the making of the film designed especially for secondary students. Melville will present selected scenes from the film and discuss the challenges of bringing her low-budget story to the screen.
“I’m so thrilled to share my story with high school students,” says Melville, “I grew up in this city, and I wanted PICTURE DAY to be an authentic and funny view of adolescence in Toronto.” Especially exciting for Melville is the chance to engage the students of Don Mills Collegiate, where some of the film was actually shot. “I think it’ll be fun for the students to see their own high school starring in a movie,” she says.
About PICTURE DAY:
Forced to repeat her senior year of high school, Claire’s (Tatiana Maslany) reputation is sliding from bad-ass to bad joke. Armed with an acid tongue and shielded by ever-present headphones, Claire locks onto the only student clueless to her sordid rep: Henry (Spencer Van Wyck), a nerdy freshman she used to babysit. At night, Claire escapes to raucous concerts where she catches the eye of 33-year-old Jim (Steven McCarthy, frontman of The ElastoCitizens), a would-be rock star who feeds on young fans’ adoration. Jim leads her into an intoxicating world of hard-partying musicians, while at school, Claire takes Henry under her wing. She reinvents her dorky friend as the mysterious rebel, throwing Henry’s life into hilarious turmoil. As Claire dances across the surface of these relationships, she eventually learns hard lessons about the difference between sex, intimacy, and friendship.
PICTURE DAY screens in Vancouver @ Vancity Theatre April 14th – April 25th and in Toronto @ TIFF Bell Lightbox May 24th – May 30th