Caitlin Cronenberg Wraps Directorial Debut ‘Humane’, Unveils Cast Featuring Jay Baruchel & Emily Hampshire

Caitlin Cronenberg’s has wrapped the four-week shoot in Hamilton, Ontario of her directorial debut, the environment-themed thriller Humane.

The production has also unveiled the cast featuring Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek), Peter Gallagher (Grace and Frankie), Sebastian Chacon (Emergency), Alanna Bale (Sort Of, Cardinal) and Sirena Gulamgaus (Transplant).

Humane takes place over a single day months after a global environmental collapse has forced world leaders to take extreme measures to reduce the earth’s population.

In a wealthy enclave, a recently retired newsman invites his four grown children to dinner to announce his intentions to enlist in the nation’s new euthanasia program. But when the father’s plan goes horribly awry, tensions flare and chaos erupts among his children.

The picture is written and produced by Victory Man Productions’ Michael Sparaga.

“From my very first read, the all-too-possible dystopian world of Michael’s script left me breathless, and I immediately knew I had to be the one to make this movie,” said Cronenberg.

“Each and every day on set felt like a gift and I feel truly blessed to have worked with such remarkable talents, both in front of and behind the camera. I cannot wait to share this film with the world.” 

Cronenberg, who is the daughter of David Cronenberg and Brandon Cronenberg’s sister, has focused mainly on photography and artwork until now but has made music videos and shorts including the 2021 work The Death of David Cronenberg.

Sparaga said he had first come across Cronenberg through her work as a visual artist which he admired and convinced him she was the right person to direct the film.

“Her keen eye to detail, her rich compositions, and her ability to convey deep emotion made her my first and only choice to direct Humane,” he said. “That she said yes to making this film her feature directorial debut is nothing less than a dream come true.”

Executive Producers are Martin Katz and Karen Wookey of Prospero Pictures, Todd Brown and Nick Spicer of XYZ Films, and Adrian Love and Laurie May of Elevation Pictures

“In Humane, screenwriter and producer Michael Sparaga has crafted an original story that is both tragically dark and horrifically funny,” said Prospero Pictures’ Martin Katz, “Caitlin’s masterful eye turns this family drawn asunder into a violent wreck you can’t look away from for an instant.” 

Doug Koch (Crimes of the Future) is the Director of Photography, Brian Garvey (Slasher) is the Production Designer, Hanna Puley (BlackBerry) is the Costume Designer, Dierdre Bowen (Crimes of the Future) is Casting Director, and Noah Segal (Alice, Darling) is Production Supervisor.

UK’s ITVX & Nine in Oz among buyers of ‘The Case Against Cosby’

Soon-to-launch UK streamer ITVX and Nine Network in Australia are among buyers of a two-part documentary exploring the life of Bill Cosby.

The Case Against Cosby is produced by Prospero Pictures in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Rive Gauche. It claims to reveal new truths through exclusive access to the long-time survivors of the sexual assault accusations against the actor.

ITVX and parent broadcaster ITV struck pre-sale deals with AfterShock Media’s Rive Gauche, along with CMore in Scandinavia, Warner Bros. Discovery New Zealand, RTL Netherlands and DPG Media in Belgium.

The show, produced for CBC in Canada, follows the harrowing journey for justice driven by the only survivor to date whose case could be tried in a court of criminal law, Andrea Constand. It is based on her memoir, The Moment: Standing Up to Cosby, Speaking Up for Women.

“We’re incredibly grateful that many of our major broadcasting partners have stepped forward to share this gripping documentary with their audiences. The story of these incredible women must be told, and their voices must be heard,” said Marine Ksadzhikyan, COO & EVP of sales at Rive Gauche.

“Andrea Constand is a champion for sexual assault survivors everywhere,” said director and executive producer, Karen Wookey. “Her 15-year legal odyssey, and her determination to find justice against Cosby, has inspired a generation of survivors.”

Elliot Page to Executive Produce ‘Backspot’ Cheerleading Drama (Exclusive)

‘Reservation Dogs’ actress Devery Jacobs will also star in and produce the debut feature from Page Boy Productions and Night is Y.

ctor, producer and activist Elliot Page has boarded Backspot — a queer cheerleading drama that stars Devery Jacobs and is directed by D.W. Waterson — as an executive producer.

The indie film marks a debut feature for Page’s Page Boy Productions and Jacobs’ Night is Y banner, which she launched alongside D.W. Waterson as an LGBTQ+ and indigenous-owned production company based in Toronto. UTA will represent the sales rights to the project.

Backspot will see Jacobs play Riley, who along with another character, Amanda, are members of a competitive cheerleading squad as they navigate athletic careers, their budding romance and a cheerleading coach’s antiquated ideas about what it means to be a queer woman in the spotlight.

The film’s title derives from a backspotter, or someone who lifts and throws a flyer, or top girl, in the air during cheerleading stunts. Jacobs and Waterson will produce Backspot alongside Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures, a longtime producer of David Cronenberg films like A Dangerous Method, Spider, Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars.

Joanne Sarazen penned the script for Backspot based in part on a story by Waterson. “We have been working on Backspot for the past five years, and we are so thrilled to be able to finally bring it to life. As queer creators, and a former competitive gymnast, we are passionate about telling stories from our communities and are so excited to share this film, highlighting fearless queer athletes,” Jacobs and Waterson said in a statement.

“Our company’s mission is to tell elevated, intersectional stories that explore themes like generational queerness and mental health, and this film does that and so much more. We couldn’t be more excited for D.W.’s masterful skill as a director, in tandem with the star talent of Devery Jacobs, to bring this story to life on screen,” Page and fellow executive producer Matt Jordan Smith added in their own statement.

Jacobs had a breakout role in the Canadian indie Rhymes For Young Ghouls and in addition to Reservation Dogs has TV acting credits in Peacock’s Rutherford Falls, Netflix’s The Order, American Gods at Starz and the Canadian drama This Life. Jacobs has also written and directed several short films and co-wrote and stars in the independent feature This Place.

“I have followed Devery’s career with great interest since her standout performance in Rhymes For Young Ghouls. D.W.’s breakout web series That’s My DJ exhibits incredible technical prowess, story-telling confidence and just plain fun. I am delighted to be working with them and the Page Boy team to bring Backspot to the screen,” Katz added.