Tom Grater / Screen Daily
London-based distributor Soda Pictures has picked up Kathleen Hepburn’s debut feature Never Steady, Never Still for release in Canada and the UK.
Starring Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting) and Théodore Pellerin (Les Demons), the film follows a woman struggling with advanced Parkinson’s disease while her son attempts to find his emotional and sexual identity.
Also amongst the cast are Mary Galloway (Fire Song), Nicholas Campbell (Naked Lunch) and Lorne Cardinal (Insomnia).
Written and directed by Hepburn – whose concept short of the same name played at TIFF and won her a most promising director prize at the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival – the project is produced by Tyler Hagan for Experimental Forest Films and James Brown for Christie Street Creative, with Carole Whiteman exec producing.
Following a winter shoot in tough conditions in Canadian province British Columbia earlier this year, shooting will recommence in British Columbia’s Fort St James on May 20.
Finance comes from Telefilm Canada’s Canada Feature Film Fund, Bell Media’s Harold Greenburg Fund, and the Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award, the latter being a $120,000 in kind prize presented to a Canadian woman director to complete her first or second feature.
The film’s producers are currently in discussions with sales agents ahead of Cannes.
Soda was acquired by Canadian production outfit Thunderbird in September 2014.