Laurence LeBoeuf inherited the acting gene from her parents, veteran Canadian actors Diane Lavallée and Marcel Leboeuf. Her first role was at age 11 in the series Virginie and she quickly became a darling of Quebec audiences and critics, accumulating numerous awards and accolades. Since then she has appeared in over 40 films and television programs (in both English and French) and has had lead roles in several acclaimed series. Laurence was nominated for for a Gemini Award for her work in 15/Love, her first English-language project for U.S. audiences. Her role as Angélique in the 2007 film, My Daughter, My Angel earned her a Jutra award and she received three Gemeaux awards for best actress in a television series for Les Lavigueur, la vraie histoire, Musée Eden and Marche à l’ombre. In 2016 Laurence was named best actress at the Série Mania Festival in Paris for her work in Marche à l’ombre. The festival favourite Turbo Kid (2015) confirmed her as a presence in the international cinema scene.
Acclaimed actor, director, educator, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nancy Palk was raised in Winnipeg and London, Ontario. Her father was on the board at the Manitoba Theatre Centre when John Hirsch was the Artistic Director, and when actors such as Douglas Rain and Martha Henry were performing there. She attended the MTC drama school when she was in grade 5. She graduated with an Arts degree from Queen’s University in 1977, and from the National Theatre School of Canada (Acting) in 1979, mentored by Douglas Rain. Nancy Palk is a founding member and resident artist of Soulpepper Theatre Company.
Nancy’s extensive film and television work includes appearances includes a recurring role as Betsy in the Audience Network/TMN crime drama Rogue.
Born in England, Aidan Devine moved with his family to Canada at age 15. He studied at Dawson College’s Dome Theatre in Montreal, where he began his acting career before relocating to Toronto in the mid 1990s. His breakout role came in Denys Arcand’s, Love and Human Remains (1993). Since then he has worked steadily in Canadian and American television and has has captured two Gemini Awards: best actor in 1997 for his performance as Ted Lindsay in Net Worth and best supporting actor for his role in The Arrow.
Perhaps best known for his his roles as Nick Collins on three seasons of Rookie Blue and Sir Kay in Starz TV’s historical fantasy series Camelot, Winnipeg-born Peter Mooney also starred in Saving Hope and, most recently, Burden of Truth.
A graduate of the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada, Peter has headlined several live productions including at his home town’s Manitoba Theatre Centre. He is also an accomplished screenwriter. His short film Parachute premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, while his first short, Method, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.
Keely, a young pregnant woman, wakes to find herself captive on a remote northern island. Frightened and desperate, she clashes violently with Du, the seemingly impenetrable religious fundamentalist who is both her guard and caregiver. Keely quickly discovers that she is nothing more than a pawn in a sinister pro-life game being played out far from her wilderness prison. With escape from the island impossible, she must rely on her wits if she hopes to outplay her captors and win back her freedom.
An extremist pro-life faction executes a brazen kidnapping and transports a young pregnant woman to a remote location where she will be forced to bring her pregnancy to term. Keely awakens to find herself captive in a rustic fishing cabin in northern Ontario, alone but for Du, a middle-aged zealot who has been assigned to be both her guard and caregiver. Their only connection to the outside world is Robert, the menacing mastermind of the operation whose unpredictable arrivals by boat bring equal parts preaching, food and fear. Once she discovers that there is no escape from the island, Keely tries to adapt to the terrifying reality of her situation.
While Keely continually pleads for her release and resists the religious reprogramming
attempts of her captors, she does allow a fragile truce with the kindly Du. As the summer fades and fall approaches, Robert’s visits to the island become less frequent. Forced together in the beautiful but rugged Canadian wilderness with limited supplies, the two very different women gradually form a bond that transcends the brutality of their actual relationship.
Throughout her captivity, Keely remains steadfast in her determination to end her pregnancy and reclaim her autonomy. Frustrated by her lack of compliance, Robert pushes with increasing force against her resolve. Keely meets him with equal force, setting in motion a shocking and violent showdown that will test the conviction of everyone on the island.
About the Filmmakers
Catch and Release marks the sixth collaboration of directors Laurie Colbert and Dominique Cardona. Throughout their career in film, they have focused on creating roles that mirror the truth of women’s experience with features that include Margarita (2012) and Finn’s Girl (2007). Their seminal documentaries, My Feminism (1997) and Thank God, I’m a Lesbian (1992) have become required viewing in women’s studies curricula.