Film continues on festival circuit
The 2010 Shanghai Film Festival started on June 12 and will include five screenings of "Love and Savagery," starring Allan Hawco ("Republic of Doyle") before its June 20 close.
"Love and Savagery" is written by local writer Des Walsh and directed by John N. Smith, who partnered with Walsh on past projects "The Boys of St. Vincent" and "Random Passage."
Their latest release is set in 1968 and tracks the love story of geologist and poet Michael McCarthy (Hawco) and Cathleen (Irish actress Sarah Greene), a beauty whom he falls in love with while visiting Ireland. The catch is Cathleen already planned for a future that cannot include McCarthy.
The film also stars Sean Panting and Toronto-based actress Martha Burns. Burns was awarded a Genie Award in April for her supporting actress role in the film.
A local producer on "Love and Savagery," Barbara Doran of Morag Loves Company, is in China to present the screenings at the Shanghai Film Festival.
"Love and Savagery" has already been screened locally at the St. John's International Women's Film and Video Festival, as well as having a theatrical release in November of 2009. It played at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, the Montreal World Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
The ongoing Shanghai International Film Festival attracts about 190,000 people a year.
"Love and Savagery" will not be done with the festival circuit following Shanghai. It is set to screen in New York in July.