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.
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize nominated play by Jane Martin, KEELY AND DU is a gripping psychological thriller that explores the darkest margins of ideological warfare. Keely is a young woman with a tragic past. When she wakes to find that she has been kidnapped and moved to a remote northern island, she knows that her only chance for survival lies in outplaying her strange and impenetrable captors. First things first – she needs to find a way into their heads.
Keely, a young woman with a tragic past, wakes to find herself captive on a remote island in the northern wilderness. The only other human in sight is Du, a militant middle-aged widow whom she discovers is both her guard and caregiver. Bruised and bewildered, Keely slowly comes to the realization that her freedom is the ultimate prize in a brutal game being played out far from her island prison.
With no possibility of rescue or escape, Keely’s only hope is to outplay her captors at their own game. She gradually pierces the shell of the seemingly impenetrable Du and the two women begin an uneasy friendship that belies the brutality of their actual situation.
Robert, the apparent mastermind behind Keely’s abduction, appears on the island periodically bringing equal parts provisions and persuasion. Frustrated that a defiant Keely won’t bend to his will and accept her role in his plan, his visits become more sporadic and the women’s supplies begin to dwindle as winter approaches.
Forced together in the beautiful, but deadly northern wild, prisoner and guard must learn to trust each other if they hope to leave the island alive.
About the Filmmakers
Keely and Du 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.