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A Winter Tale



Canada, 2007, - Color - 100

DIRECTED BY:
Frances-Anne Solomon

CAST:
Peter Williams, Michael Miller, Leonie Forbes, p! Barrington, Peter Bailey,Dennis "Sprangalang" Hall, R.O. Glasgow, Ryan Ishmael, Lucky Ejim, Mike G. Yohannes, Valerie Buhagiar, Shakura S’Aida, Finlandia Casellas, Nicole Stamp, Bobby Del Rio

SCREENPLAY:
MICHELE LONSDALE-SMITH, Frances-Anne Solomon

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Kim Derjo

EDITING:
MICHELE FRANCIS

SET DESIGN:
Chris Pinheiro, Jake Chalmers, Rany Ly

COSTUME DESIGN:
Rany Ly

MUSIC:
John Welsman, Mauri Hall

SOUND:
Brian Eimer

PRODUCER:
Frances-Anne Solomon, Susan Fueg, Michele Lonsdale Smith

PRODUCTION:
Leda Serene Films

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Shots ring out one winter night and a bullet meant for a local street dealer kills a ten-year-old boy.

In the downtown Toronto community of Parkdale, grief and suspicion hang heavily in the air, while the nightly patrons at Miss G’s Caribbean TakeAway resume their ritual of beer and banter.

But one of them, Gene Wright, cannot go on. He begs his friends for help. In a most unusual development, six Black men make a pact to form a support group in hopes of salvaging their broken spirits and redeeming their besieged community.

A Winter Tale is set against the backdrop of a multicultural community's unrealized hopes and dreams. Bitter and tragic, funny and hopeful, the film tells a uniquely Canadian story that features Toronto as a central character.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Frances-Anne Solomon is a Director, Producer and Writer in film, TV, radio, theatre, and new media. Born in England of Trinidadian parents, she was raised and educated in the Caribbean and Canada, lived and worked in the UK for several years, and has been based in Toronto since 1999.

Her directing credits include the sitcom Lord Have Mercy! (VisionTV, 2003) the feature film Peggy Su! (BBC Films, 1997); the dramas What My Mother Told Me (Channel 4 1995), and Bideshi (British Film Institute 1994); and documentaries Literature Alive (Bravo!/OMNI, 2006), Reunion (BBC,1993), and I Is A Long Memoried Woman (Arts Council of England 1991).

As well as directing, Frances-Anne is the Artistic Director and President of the two companies she founded, Leda Serene Films, her film and television production vehicle, and CaribbeanTales, a prolific not for profit company that makes multimedia products aimed at the educational market.

Most recently she created, produced and directed the multi-facetted Literature Alive project, comprising 20 documentaries exploring the life and work of Caribbean authors from the 60's through the hip-hop generation (for Bravo! CLT, BookTV, and OMNI TV); a series of audio books (for the Trillium Foundation), and the DCH funded educational website LiteratureAliveOnline.

She was the Co-creator, Producer and Director of Lord Have Mercy! Canada's first multi-cultural sitcom, which aired on Vision TV, Toronto/one, Showcase and APTN in 2003 and was nominated for two Gemini Awards: Best Comedy series, and Best Individual Performer (Leonie Forbes)

Between 1992-98, Frances-Anne was a Producer and Executive Producer for BBC Single Drama & Films, responsible for several films and TV movies, including the Black Screen strand, (for black writers, producers and directors) and Screen on the Tube (for new feature directors). Productions include, Speak Like A Child, director John Akomfrah, Love Is The Devil, director John Maybury, The Sixth Happiness, director Waris Hossein, Flight, director Alex Pillai and Siren Spirits, directors Ngozi Onwurah, Pratibha Parmar and Dani Williamson. She previously worked as a radio drama producer/director for the BBC, producing some 35 radio plays, and as a documentary researcher and director for The Bandung File (Channel 4) and Ebony (BBC2).

She studied Theatre at the University of Toronto with Steve Martineau and Ken Gass, and poetry with Jay MacPherson; and trained as a film director in the UK at Bristol University’s RFT Programme and the prestigious BBC Drama Directors Course.

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