Werewolf is the debut feature film for up and coming filmmaker Ashley McKenzie. The film focuses on two homeless youths on the road to recovery from drug addiction. Both are two different people, with Blaise often being quite confrontational and Nessa being more soft-spoken and keeping to herself. Despite the fact that Blaise goes down an increasingly self-destructive path, Nessa remains tethered to him, which may endanger her own attempts at improving her quality of life.
Werewolf is shot in a very "up close and personal manner," with the film featuring many extreme close-ups, whether it be Nessa in a hairnet or an Oreo cookie grinder. The film is a very low key two character drama, which focuses heavily on contrasting the two paths these two lovers choose. The film also reminds me of the similar-themed 2014 drama Heaven Knows What. It can be easy to assume that the title of Werewolf is more metaphorical than literal, with there likely being many possible interpretations. Overall, Werewolf is a very striking film and and a fine debut for director Ashley McKenzie.
- Saturday, September 10, 8:30 PM - Scotiabank Theatre 8
- Saturday, September 17, 9:15 AM - Scotiabank Theatre 13