DONT TALK TO IRENE
Canadian Cinema

Don't Talk To Irene

Year 2017
Runtime 82 mins

Overweight Irene is sent to do community service at a seniors' home, where her life takes an unusual turn.

Teenage Irene (Michelle McLeod) is overweight and friendless, but yearns to be on the cheerleading squad at her high school. Scorned by the other students, she acts out and is sent to a seniors’ home to do community service. While there, she persuades the bored residents to enter auditions for a reality show - aided by a bored cook, a gender queer student, a retired boxer and more in this feel-good comedy which will speak to all those who are not part of the popular crowd.

Filmed in Ontario, DON'T TALK TO IRENE will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Geena Davis is featured as Irene’s mentor, encouraging Irene to find her way, while providing the no-nonsense motivation she needs to face her bullies and follow her passions.

Countries

Canada
Attending Guests
Director Pat Mills in attendance at both screenings; Actress Michelle McLeod in attendance at the September 28 screening
Festivals
Toronto International Film Festival, Atlantic International Film Festival, Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival
Director
Pat Mills
Executive Producer
Alyson Richards
Producer
Mike MacMillan, Alyson Richards
Screenwriter
Pat Mills
Cinematographer
Paul Sarossy
Editor
Tiffany Beaudin
Cast
Michelle McLeod, Bruce Gray, Anastasia Phillips, Scott Thompson, Geena Davis