AGHFF 2020

Black Conflux & Post film Q&A with filmmaker Nicole Dorsey

Expired October 26, 2020 4:01 AM
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Film Description: Set in suburban Newfoundland in 1987, Nicole Dorsey's debut feature Black Conflux is a dreamy account of two converging lives. Fifteen-year-old Jackie (Ella Ballentine) is navigating from vulnerable adolescence to impending adulthood. Dennis (Ryan McDonald) is a socially inept loner with a volatile dark streak and delusional fantasies of adoring women at his beck and call.


The film opens with Jackie auditioning for her school choir with a gorgeous rendition of "Hey, Who Really Cares?" by little-known 1970s psychedelic folk singer Linda Perhacs. It's a symbolic overture for a promising young woman from a broken home. Raised by her aunt and living under the cloud of all the failures endured by the women in her family, Jackie finds herself giving in to internal and external pressures — partying, skipping school, and hitchhiking — in search of her own identity. Her choices leave her speeding inevitably towards Dennis, whose car doubles as a venue for his violent desires.


Director Biography: Nicole Dorsey is a Canadian film director and screenwriter, whose debut feature film, Black Conflux premiered at the 2019 TIFF festival and received a nomination for the John Dunning Best First Feature Award at the 8th Canadian Screen Awards in 2020.

A native of Burlington, Ontario, she is a graduate of the film studies program at Ryerson University. She directed a number of short films prior to Black Conflux, including Ivadelle (2009), Pop the Grapes (2013), Dennis (2015), Star Princess (2015) and Arlo Alone (2018).

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Rating
    14A
  • Director
    Nicole Dorsey