Sudz Sutherland chats about his new feature film ‘Home Again’

 

The Arts Scene hit the busy streets of St. Clair Avenue West to catch up with director Sudz Sutherland and chat about his new film Home Again, which celebrated its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Home Again tells the story of Marva (Tatyana Ali), Dunston (Lyriq Bent), and Everton (Stephan James), three individuals living in Toronto, New York and London, respectively. When they are all deported back ‘home’ to Kingston, Jamaica,  they discover every day is a fight for survival, where the comforts and support they had are pretty much non existent. Pushed beyond all boundaries, these three souls adventure on a path that helps them uncover who they truly are. Home Again strips away the concept of home and asks the difficult question: “How would you survive?”.

Sudz Sutherland is both a writer and director, making his feature film debut with Love, Sex and Eating the Bones – a film starring Hill Harper and Marlyne Barrett – which premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win Sutherland the Best Canadian First Feature Film Award, a Genie nomination and multiple other awards. He also developed the triple Gemini award-winning TV Movie Doomstown; an MOW for CTV/Sarrazin-Couture. His half-hour dramatic debut My Father’s Hands also took stage at the Toronto International Film Festival before premiering on CBC. It went on to win 4 awards at the 2000 Yorkton Film Festival, the $20,000 HBO Short Film Award at Acapulco Black Film festival and a Gemini Award nomination, among other awards.

His first television project was She’s The Mayor, a production he co-created with Jennifer Holness and Min Sook Lee. The production starred Colin Mochrie, Janet Laine-Greene and Tonya Lee Williams and aired on VisionTV in March 2011. He also created a dramatic miniseries for CBC called Guns which puts the spotlight on four families caught up in illegal gun trafficking. The miniseries starred Colm Feore and Elisha Cuthbert and aired in September 2009 on Labour Day weekend. He has also written and directed select episodes on various TV shows including Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, Wild Roses, Da’ Kink in My Hair, Degrassi: The Next Generation and many more.

Home Again opens in Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal on March 22nd 2013 followed by an opening in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Victoria on March 29th. These are the following theatres that will show the film starting March 22nd:

  • Brampton – Silver City Brampton
  • Toronto – Cineplex Yonge & Dundas
  • Scarborough – Cineplex Morningside/401
  • Montreal – The Forum (2313 St. Catherine St. West)
  • Vancouver – International Village Cinemas

Make sure to check back for our review of the film!

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