Patron Exclusive: Helen Shaver Video Interview

Helen Shaver / Happy Place

Hey team! This year at VIFF I have taken on a few interviews. The first of them was with Canadian director Helen Shaver to speak about her first feature film, Happy Place.

I conducted that the interview via Zoom, and now as a bonus Patrons at the Lieutenant level and higher can watch the video.

Keep your eyes on this space for more patron exclusives. This week I should have a review of The Haunting of Bly Manor available to patrons at least two days ahead of running it here on the site. If all goes to plan that will be the case for some other content, too.

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support.

Matthew

VIFF Interview: Clark Backo on starring role in ‘Happy Place’

Clark Backo

Clark Backo is a star on the rise. Known for her roles in Letterkenny and Supernatural, she makes the jump to lead actor in Happy Place, the new adaption of Pamela Sinha’s play.

I spoke with Clark on Zoom about her experiences making Happy Place.

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VIFF Interview: Director Helen Shaver on her film ‘Happy Place’

Helen Shaver / Happy Place

Helen Shaver is kind of a big deal. This year alone she has directed episodes of Westworld, Snowpiercer, and Lovecraft Country. She is a veteran of prestige TV and directed a made-for-TV movie in 1999 that won an Emmy. Her new film Happy Place, streaming as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival, is her first feature film.

I was able to sit down with her on Zoom to speak about Happy Place, what it’s like working with Canadian legends, and about the universality of the experience of trauma and mental health issues.

Spoiler alert: she was a delight to talk to.

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VIFF Review: ‘Happy Place’ is a powerful story about living with trauma

Happy Place

How do we survive trauma? How do we even begin to process it? This is the question asked in Happy Place, a story of a young woman in a private mental health clinic learning to live with her pain.

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