Mark A. Lewis's tragic-comic adventure ILL FATED plunges the viewer into the boxed-in world of Jimmy (Paul Campbell), a small-town teen who seeks a better life but who sees dead-end signs at every turn out of town.
His vague plan to leave and "look into college" is complicated by a revolving door of small-town complications - the demands of his lumpen best friends, his troubled girlfriend, his promiscuous stepmother and cuckolded stepfather. But the biggest complication of all is the return of his womanizing biological dad Earl (Peter Outerbridge), who'd fled in Jimmy's infancy after impregnating the wife of a violent convict (also his best friend).
Earl's return is a catalyst to disaster, and a palette for director Lewis to paint a hyper-realist picture of small-town dystopia.
ILL FATED, directed by Mark A. Lewis (shorts: THE JUNKIE, THE DISCOVERY OF DICK) in his feature-length directorial debut, and co-written by Mark A. Lewis and John Callander, will have its world premiere at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2004 (Dates TBA).
With Peter Outerbridge (The Murdoch Mysteries, Men With Brooms, Kissed), Paul Campbell (Battlestar Galactica), John Callander (The Dead Zone), Nicki Clyne (Zolar, Hostage Negotiator), Joely Collins (The Gillian Guess Story, Cold Squad), Chris Gauthier (Edison, Scooby Doo 2), Cobie Smulders (Walking Tall) John F. Parker (The Watchers), Bill Croft (The Butterfly Effect), Kurt Evans (Miracle), Jane Sowerby (Jane Post) & Jennifer Copping (See Grace Fly).
Produced by Andre Garrison and Co-Produced by Kulchera Matson (NOD, CHARLIE’S CHECK OUT), Paul Armstrong (MOVING MALCOLM, SEE GRACE FLY, MON AMOUR MON PARAPLUIE) and Rob Neilson. The Cinematographer was Pieter Stathis (IT WAITS BELOW, THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR) with film editing by Rob Neilson (FALLEN ANGELS) and original music by Mike Neilson.
This film was independently financed with additional financial assistance by British Columbia Film and Telefilm Canada.
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"Reminiscent of the Coen brothers' early work in tone and humour, ILL FATED is an impressive debut by Vancouver-based, first-time feature director Mark A. Lewis."
- 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.