Wake

A dark comedy about one man’s longing for inner peace.

Uncle Marvin has died and Lawrence has returned home, looking for closure. First he has to face his past, his aunt and Marvin himself. To prepare for his trip back to his traumatic childhood home, Lawrence has been working closely with a therapist and is ready to face the dark side.

Lawrence’s quest: to be sure that Marvin is actually dead.

Summoning up the energy from The Force, Lawrence approaches the coffin. If he can at last be free from the chaos of his past, Lawrence can find serenity, harmony and breath.

Creative team

Writer: Jessica Marsh
Director/producer: Jeremy Webb

Filmmaker’s statement

Jeremy Webb says:

“It was a joy to realize my long-term goal of directing a film that started when I first saw Star Wars and Close Encounters. Each year and each Spielberg film since 1977 has only served as a reminder to get off my ass and direct a film. Finally that pressure is off … a little. Now Wake (and its follow up project, Bone Deep) have only deepened the desire to produce/direct a feature. Will it ever end?

Wake was my first time behind the lens, calling the shots. I had no idea how it would go. I was resistant to one of my funders, the amazing CBC, telling me that we were to enter the film into a TV reality show called Short Film Face Off. Resistant until they reminded me that they gave me cash, so I should get over myself. I did. Then we won. Which was a surprise.

The prize included money and services to do it all over again. Now, in the same week we learn the NSI has taken Wake, we deliver Bone Deep to CBC and the film festival circuit.

Dear Steven Spielberg, please get off my back. I’m doing my best to catch up. Give me a few more decades, okay?”

About Jeremy Webb

Jeremy-Webb

Jeremy Webb founded Off The Leash in 2009. He moved to Canada from his native UK in 1998. He grew up in Cambridge and trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Wake is Webb’s directorial debut. He has just completed his second short, Bone Deep, from another script by Jessica Marsh.

Wake won CBC’s Short Film Face Off, debuted at the Atlantic Film Festival and won best short at the Love Unlimited Film Festival in Venice Beach. Bone Deep reunites the same production team as Wake.

Webb is an accomplished stage actor. Recent Canadian stage appearances include first voice/male roles in Under Milk Wood, Paul Fisher in Fishing (OTL, also writer/producer),  Beowulf in Beowulf (Two Planks & A passion), The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet (Neptune Theatre, Halifax, 2010),  Milo Tindle in Sleuth (Festival Antigonish, 2010), Duncan and The Porter in MacBeth (Shakespeare By The Sea, 2009) Iago in Othello (2008), Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Maurice in Beauty & The Beast (Silvermist Productions, Niagara Falls) and Cogsworth in Neptune Theatre’s long-running Beauty and The Beast.

His one-man version of A Christmas Carol was a great success in 2003, 2005, 2008-12 playing at Neptune Theatre’s Studio Theatre and touring Nova Scotia schools and venues. Shakespeare On Trial returns to North Carolina and Georgia in October/November 2013 for a five-week tour, after a successful five-week, 30-show  tour in 2011.

His new comedy about the perils of internet dating, Fishing, opened in May 2012, has been playing ever since and is already taking bookings for 2014.

In 2011, Off The Leash released a two-disc CD of A Christmas Carol featuring Symphony Nova Scotia and over 30 characters all voiced by Webb.

In March 2009, Jeremy won a Best Actor Merritt Award for his portrayal of Iago in Othello for Shakespeare By The Sea. He won the 2010 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre and The Coast (Halifax’s weekly newspaper) Best Theatre Actor Award in 2007, 2009 and 2010 (2008 wasn’t such a great year)!

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