The Snows take in Sadie following her parents’ death. Sadie’s status as an orphan has a 1940s Newfoundland outport revelling in gossip, as does the belief that she is not mentally well.

A nurse from the city, Josephine, provides Sadie with emotional and medical support. As the teen becomes withdrawn, Josephine advises her to leave town to heal, but the advice comes too late.

Sadie’s loss manifests itself in unexpected consequences for everyone around her.

Creative team

Writer: Emily Bridger
Director: Latonia Hartery
Producer: Deanne Foley

Filmmaker’s statement

This project is an historic thriller set in Newfoundland. Themes related to uncertainty, loneliness and isolation are explored. The story is based on death which reverberates through a small town.

The characters respond to a vulnerable situation in a variety of ways, but one person has a reaction no-one could possibly anticipate.

The 1940s are a perfect period for our story, since at that time here on the Island you were bound by social custom to support your neighbour, and we ask in this film: “At what cost?”

Our tourism commercials make Newfoundland seem like an idyllic place to live – and it is truly special – but we have many challenges and sometimes (especially in winter) it feels like we live in an outpost.

How does this isolation affect your emotional and mental health? My research on historic crime in rural Newfoundland revealed our ancestors experienced many difficult and sometimes horrific events in the tiniest of coves.

Perhaps having to cope with these events was the catalyst that produced the good-natured people we have become? I am fascinated with trying to explore the answers to all of these questions.

About Latonia Hartery

Latonia Hartery

Latonia Hartery is a writer/director from Bay d’Espoir, NL.

She has directed two episodes of CBC’s Land and Sea: The Last Sardine Outpost and Rum Running, which was one of the highest rated shows in the 45-year history of the series.

She has also production managed and field organized two recent CBC DocZones, (Facebook Follies and Counterfeit Culture) shot in locations such as Hong Kong, Paris and New York.

Latonia’s dramatic short films include Escape Routes (2010) and Wind Money (2013). Sadie is her third short film and has been shown in 18 festivals worldwide including Reykjavik International Film Festival where it competed in the Golden Egg competition.

She received several best director awards for the film from festivals such as the Nickel and Regina International Film Festivals. Sadie was also named best Newfoundland film at the Nickel Film Festival (2015).

Latonia is currently working on writing her first feature and producing Wanda Nolan’s Crocuses, winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Award.

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