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Don’t Talk to Irene: Cinefest 2018 winter series

Mar 27, 2018 7:00 pm

Cinefest Winter 2018

Don’t Talk to Irene is about a teen-aged Irene Willis (Michelle McLeod), who lives in a town deemed the most insignificant geographical location in North America. The cycle of life is predictable and bland, something 15-year-old Irene, “the fattest girl in high school,” might just be able to shake up. Fuelled by the dream of becoming a cheerleader, but constantly told by both her overprotective mother and society that she isn’t exactly a fit for the role, Irene talks to her confidante and all-around god: Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise, A League of Their Own). Speaking to Irene via A League of Their Own poster on her bedroom wall, Geena provides the inspiration and tough no-nonsense motivation she needs to face her bullies and follow her passions.

When Irene gets suspended and is forced to do community service at a retirement home – run by discipline freak Barrett (Scott Thompson) – alongside her bullies and her new friend Teas (Andu Reid), an opportunity arises. If she can’t be a high-school cheerleader, maybe she can turn her new-found circle of elderly friends into an unlikely dance troupe.

Pat Mills established his off-beat humour with his dark comedy Guidance and brings his characteristic smart, sly and sharp sensibility to Don’t Talk to Irene. This is an empowering comedy about acceptance on your own terms. Disarmingly honest, Irene goes through the world with no filter, quick repartee and an underlying sense of potential achievement – she just needs a bit of a lift to soar.

“There is so much that works, especially Michelle McLeod, who creates a wonderfully plucky and empathetic character in Irene. She’s just so darn likeable and real that one can’t help rooting for her.” – (Bruce Demara, Toronto Star)

(text courtesy of CV Arts)

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Film starts at 7:00 pm.

Tickets available at the door.


  • Regular adult – $12
  • CV Arts Members – $11
  • Kids 13 & under – $5

For more information about this and future Cinefest films, please visit: http://columbiavalleyarts.com


Mar 27, 2018
7:00 pm
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Columbia Valley Arts Council


Pynelogs Cultural Centre
1720 - 4th Avenue

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