Don’t Talk to Irene – Cinefest @ Pynelogs

Contact: Jami Scheffer (call 250-342-4423)

Event Type:Arts, Community
Event Tags:art, film, film festival, live
Venue:Pynelogs Cultural Centre
Address:Kinsmen Beach, Invermere, BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Cinefest is an independent film series brought to you by CV Arts and the Toronto International Film Circuit. The series runs from October through April.
Tickets are available online or at the door for Adults $12 & Kids 13 + under $5. CV Arts Members $11 (available only at the door). Ask for a Punch Cards.
Cash Bar & popcorn available – All ages.
Thanks to our Cinefest Sponsors:
Home Hardware, Copper Point Resort, Circle Health Foods, River Gems, Gerry’s Gelatti, Invermere Optometry Clinic, Palliser Printing & Will McKenzie Designs

Irene Willis (Michelle McLeod) lives in a town deemed the most insignificant geographical location in North America. The cycle of life is predictable and bland, something 15-year-old Irene, “the fattest girl in high school,” might just be able to shake up. Fuelled by the dream of becoming a cheerleader, but constantly told by both her overprotective mother and society that she isn’t exactly a fit for the role, Irene talks to her confidante and all-around god: Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise, A League of Their Own). Speaking to Irene via A League of Their Own poster on her bedroom wall, Geena provides the inspiration and tough no-nonsense motivation she needs to face her bullies and follow her passions. When Irene gets suspended and is forced to do community service at a retirement home – run by discipline freak Barrett (Scott Thompson) – alongside her bullies and her new friend Teas (Andu Reid), an opportunity arises. If she can’t be a high-school cheerleader, maybe she can turn her new-found circle of elderly friends into an unlikely dance troupe.

Pat Mills established his off-beat humour with his dark comedy Guidance and brings his characteristic smart, sly and sharp sensibility to Don’t Talk to Irene. This is an empowering comedy about acceptance on your own terms. Disarmingly honest, Irene goes through the world with no filter, quick repartee and an underlying sense of potential achievement – she just needs a bit of a lift to soar.

“There is so much that works, especially Michelle McLeod, who creates a wonderfully plucky and empathetic character in Irene. She’s just so darn likeable and real that one can’t help rooting for her.” – Bruce Demara, Toronto Star