Love and Savagery
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February Screenings

Feb 4th – Perth, Ontario. Check local listing for theatre location.
Feb 12th – Vancouver at the Tinseltown
Feb 13th – Port Hope, Ontario. Check local listing for theatre location
Feb 27th – Les Rendez Vous du Cinema Quebecois

MONTREAL GAZETTE - You simply must see Love and Savagery. I don’t often insist like this, but the latest film from Montreal director John N. Smith, one of our country’s finer filmmakers, is a remarkably powerful piece. It does not deserve to suffer the fate of most English-Canadian flicks, which slink quietly in and out of cinemas within a matter of days.

Love and Savagery is that most unlikely of films to hit screens in 2009 – it’s a smart, nuanced exploration of love, lust and spirituality, and how the three don’t necessarily mix well together. In other words, it’s a long way from Couples Retreat.

In fact, watching this gripping love story, I was reminded of those classic Graham Greene novels – like, say, The End of the Affair – about the battle between earthy desires and spiritual matters.

-Brendan Kelly


Montreal-born director, John Smith, who also helmed TV series The Englishman's Boy and Random Passage, is in charge of Love and Savagery, a feature centred on an impossible love story.

Set in 1969 in Newfoundland and Ireland, it is the story of a geologist and poet, played by Newfoundland native Allan Hawco, who falls in love with a young Irish woman who plans to devote her life to the church, a role played by Irish actress Sarah Greene.

They meet while he is studying the bleak landscape of the Burren, the rocky limestone area in northwestern Ireland. The traditional community looks askance at their relationship and the young woman is faced with a difficult choice.

The film was shot in Newfoundland and in the village of Ballyvaughan in County Clare, Ireland

Writer Des Walsh and director of photography Pierre Letarte first worked with Smith on the Gemini and Peabody-award-winning drama series The Boys of St. Vincent, also set in Newfoundland.

Producers in Quebec and Ireland, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corp. and the Irish Film Board have backed the film, to be distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media.

Visit the Love and Savagery Facebook page and the Talonbooks site for Des Walsh's book of poems, Love and Savagery.

The book will be launched on November 9th, 2009 at The Brass Taps on College St., Toronto. Visit the Facebook event page for more details.

© 2009 Morag Loves Company