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Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 2:30 am
Location: The Westdale
Address: 1014 King St W
City/Province: Hamilton, ON

The Westdale is proud to announce the Ontario premiere of Monkey Beach, an Indigenous supernatural thriller by writer-director Loretta Todd based on the iconic novel by Eden Robinson and starring Suicide Squad star Adam Beach and Grace Dove (The Revenant).  Monkey Beach will be screened exclusively in Ontario at The Westdale, premiering Friday, November 6, at 7:00 pm.  Executive producers Carla Robinson and Fred Fuchs will join actor Leenah Robinson, who plays Amber in the film, for a question and answer session after the premiere screening.  Singer/songwriter Gail Obediah will provide an introduction to the film.  Gail is Mohawk – Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and is known for singing with her guitar, hand drum, or rattle.  Carla Robinson is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations.   As a screenwriter and producer, Carla draws on her experience as a television broadcaster with CBC-TV, a print journalist, and an entrepreneur.  Fred Fuchs is the chair of The Westdale Cinema Group and executive producer of The Godfather III, The Secret Garden, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

The Canadian indie has Dove playing a young woman with powers that foretell death and who faces the disappearance at sea of her brother, a potential Olympic swimmer.

In bringing Eden Robinson‘s beloved novel to the screen, Loretta Todd offers us a modern epic underpinned by themes that have long defined heroic journeys. Todd’s first feature narrative unfolds through a thrilling array of temporal shifts and stylistic flourishes. A film about reconnection with the land, its denizens, and the secrets it holds, Monkey Beach is also a testament to Indigenous women’s ability to not just endure trials but emerge from them empowered.


“Ultimately, this is a potent story of cultural survival.” – National Observer

“Prophecy — the foretelling of a future that may or may not come to pass — is at the heart of Todd’s latest work, a film adaptation of renowned Haisla-Heiltsuk author Eden Robinson’s celebrated novel Monkey Beach.” – The Tyee

“In this supernatural mystery set on the West Coast, Todd conveys a deep understanding of family and community dynamics and an integral sense of place.” – Georgia Straight


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