BACKWATER

By Rachel TALALAY

DEVONSHIRE PRODUCTIONS INC - as PROD

Thriller - Development 2014

A female crime reporter travels to an isolated community to cover a mysterious murder trial involving Native mythology, cannibalism and possession.When people begin disappearing, her investigation causes the townsfolk to believe she is the one committing the murders.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Thriller
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Rachel TALALAY
    • Writer(s)
    • Ian BARR
    • Producer(s)
    • Paula DEVONSHIRE
    • Synopsis
    • NELLIE MARLOW is a young “woman’s” reporter for the Toronto Telegram, tired of writing in the society pages. What she really wants to write about is crime, which is strictly a man’s world. She gets her chance when her editor sends her to track down an errant reporter who is supposed to be covering a sensational murder trial in Northern Canada. An Algonquin Native elder is on trial for the murder of his own brother, who he claimed was turning into a windigo, a cannibalistic spirit creature. Native mythology itself is on trial as the authorities seek to set an example and firmly establish the rule of Christian law over the pagan wilderness. Every newspaper in the country has sent a journalist to cover the trail, but Nellie, being female, is only sent by her paper to sober up her missing-in-action colleague. Instead, she begins investigating the murder in a male dominated town, and soon finds herself drawn into Algonquin mythology, Native rights, and small town paranoia-- as she herself becomes the subject of suspicion when other people connected to her start to go missing.
    • Partners & financing
    • In development with Telefilm Canada
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