Back with a Bang: Mary Walsh Wins Award In Advance of This Season’s Screenings of “A Christmas Fury”

It took years to make happen, and it is one of my favourite projects.

Last year, the beloved CBC TV show, Hatching Matching and Dispatching, made its grand return in the form of a Christmas movie, “A Christmas Furey.”

At that time, Mary Walsh told The Overcast, “I’m so excited about it, I’d talk about it till the cows came home.”

Her excitement, or more accurately, her performance, has been rewarded.  This month, she took home the “Best Performance” award from the Fort McMurray Film Festival, just weeks before CBC will air the film again, for those who haven’t yet seen it, and those who can’t get enough of it.

A Christmas Fury originally aired on CBC television in December 2017, and is back by popular demand on CBC television November 25th at 8:30PM.

In the series, Walsh plays Mamie Lou Furey, the matriarch of a family in Cats Gut Cove, NL. She’s the owner and operator of the town’s all-in-one wedding parlour, ambulance service, and funeral home (hence “Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching”).

“I am incredibly honoured as an actor to have been awarded Best Performance,” Walsh says. “A Christmas Fury is very special to me. It took years to make happen, and it is one of my favourite projects. I loved reprising the role of Mamie Lou Fury, and bringing back the Hatching, Matching and Dispatching family to television.”

She says “So many holiday films are over-the-top perfect” so she wanted to create something that “really resonated with the reality of how imperfect, dysfunctional, and magical Christmas can be.”

In addition to the airing on November 25th, on December 11th at 8pm, there will be a special “meet the cast and director” screening of A Christmas Fury at the LSPU Hall which will raise money for the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

Written by Mary Walsh and Ed McDonald, A Christmas Fury stars comedy icons Mark McKinney, Susan Kent, Shaun Majumder, Jonny Harris, Sherry White, Joel Thomas Hynes, Adriana Maggs, Rick Boland, and Mary Walsh, and was directed by Warren P. Sonoda.

On Christmas Eve, it’ll be playing in Berlin, at the Weihnachtsfilmfestival International Festival of Unconventional Christmas Films.

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