On the morning Xavier prepares to leave for his mission in Afghanistan his partner Aaron desperately tries to live in the moment and struggles to ward off thoughts of the atrocities his partner will face.  

Creative team

Writer/director: Ron Kennell Producer: Bruce Godfree

Filmmaker’s statement

“Reveille is a wake up call, a love story, a tribute to gay soldiers and their partners. It is also a meditation on how the public act of mourning can be subjugated by the very society for which the soldier is willing to die.

Weaving a mutable reality, Reveille explores the haunting beauty of a soldier and his partner sharing what may be their last morning together while touching on the isolation of a society that was never a part of their love. The simplest gesture, look, song or word can have an enormous impact on our memories.”

About Ron Kennell

Ron Kennell

Of the two decades Ron spent acting in film, television and theatre, it’s the six years he spent performing Shakespeare at Stratford that gave him his inspiration to write.

While Reveille represents Ron’s debut as a writer, director and producer, Dr. Cabbie (First Take Entertainment/Caramel Films, due to be released this summer) marks Ron’s first feature film as a writer.

The two-time Dora Mavor Moore award nominee for best actor (Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile) studied at George Brown Theatre School.


  1. Margaret Lamarre

    To say so much in so short a time . A poem .

  2. Stewart Arnott

    I loved this. So moved. Thank you, Ron.

  3. Colleen Pola

    Beautiful Ron…

  4. Thanks to everyone. It means so much that you took the time to watch… and leave a comment. As first time filmmakers it is very encouraging. we look forward to making more films that engage and provoke and entertain.

  5. Vanessa

    That was so moving!

  6. David Christo

    What a lovely piece. Thank you.

  7. Very well done! Congrats!

  8. Hal D

    Seamlessly evokes the true meaning of unconditional love. Filmed immaculately and acted with true heart. This film deserves the recognition that it deserves in all mediums from its directing, producing, editing, cinematography and overall execution

  9. Awesome Ron! Congrats! That was beautiful.

  10. jon de Leon

    Brilliant. Wonderfully done, Ron. Congratulations!

  11. Leslie French

    Beautiful film Ron. Sorry I never got to see at TIFF but very happy to be able to see it online. Thanks so much! Look forward to seeing more…!!!

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