The Horse Latitudes

Philly is deeply troubled by the fact that his mother recently sent his older brother Morris to live at a mental health facility.

After skipping school and wandering about, Philly learns of one particular historical incident that sheds new light on the predicament faced by his brother and mother.

Creative team

Writer/director: Duncan McDowall
Producer: Sacha Baylin-Stern

Director’s statement

Duncan McDowall says:

“The film plays with the idea of balancing dead weight versus ballast. Of course not much of this comes across on screen, but it’s the root of it.

The horses on boats story is a metaphor for what’s going with the main character, and his course tries to echo that of a horse sinking to the bottom. Sacrifice for the sake of survival is a tricky one to navigate, especially for someone with less life experience.

The story brings up that corrective adjustments have to be made to keep safe, sound, and most importantly balanced. More bluntly: burden, how we deal with it, and how it can affect the people around us.

In the end perspective is what counts, and the main character is able to push off the bottom and go back up for air.”

About Duncan McDowall

Duncan has lived all over the world and now calls Montreal home.

He studied history and worked for several years as a writer in documentary film and television program development.

In 2010 Duncan turned to writing fiction. The Horse Latitudes was his first screenplay and won the Grand Prix at the 2010 Run for Your Script short film scriptwriting contest.

Duncan is now working as both director and screenwriter and has directed two short films with three more in pre-production. He has also written a comedy TV series and has two feature-length dramas in the works.

Duncan is an avid runner and, most importantly, a dreamer.

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