The film was set and shot in Newfoundland, and tells the story of Jude Traynor, “a 13-year old boy who tries to navigate a delinquent life in a rough and rugged seaside town.”
When Jude’s abusive father is sent to prison, Jude takes refuge with a local recluse named Alfreda who nurtures his active imagination, but warns of using it as a means of escape.
But when Jude’s father is released, he turns Jude against Alfreda with rumours of her involvement in Jude’s mother’s mysterious death.
Haunted by this truth, Jude lashes out at the few people he loves in misguided efforts to protect himself and prove his worth, but finds himself trapped between the pressures of his criminal father, the imagined threats of the “troll” and the one friendship he has in Alfreda.
The Feature Length Film Won the Following Awards:
Best Atlantic Feature Film
Best Director — Christian Sparkes
Best Screenwriter — Joel Thomas Hynes
Best Cinematographer — Scott McClellan
The Joan Orenstein Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress — Mary-Colin Chisholm
The David Renton Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor — Percy Hynes-White.
Check Out October’s print issue for a story on the film, for now enjoy the trailer below, and don’t miss the screening of this movie here, during October’s Women’s Film Festival, Wednesday, October 15th, 9:30pm, LSPU Hall.