TIFF 2018: Splinters Interview

11 September 2018 / by Nicole Di Donato
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TIFF is back in town! One of the many Canadian films premiering at this year’s festival is Splinters, directed by Thom Fitzgerald. 

The film is based on the stage play by Lee-Anne Poole about a queer woman who reassesses her relationship with her mother following the death of her father. 

Belle returns to her home in rural Nova Scotia for her father’s funeral. She came out to her family when she was a teenager and has been at odds with her conservative mother, Nancy, ever since. While back in town, Belle neglects to mention that she has been dating a man for the past two years, as it means that she would have to come out all over again. This secret becomes hard to hide when he shows up unexpectedly at her parents’ house. 

Equal parts playful and emotional, Splinters explores the interconnections of sexual identity, family, and small-town Nova Scotia life.

The film is making its world premiere at TIFF on Sept. 11 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

CJRU host Nicole Di Donato sat down with Sofia Banzhaf (Belle), Shelley Thompson (Nancy), and Callum Dunphy (Rob) to discuss their characters and their thoughts on being part of TIFF. 

Listen to the full interview below: