Brian Woodford stars in Shadowlands miniseries

Narcissus episode of Shadowlands miniseries

It’s the age old murder mystery question… did the Butler do it?  Canadian actor Brian Woodford finds himself in a world of intrigue in the Shadowlands miniseries playing the Butler to a demanding and egocentric master in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’.

Shadowlands miniseries is available on OUTtv and OUTtvGO in Canada and on Vimeo for our friends around the world.

Synopsis of episode 1 ‘Narcissus’: Alex, a plastic surgeon hell bent on perfection, hosts a house party with an assortment of colorful guests. Amid romantic misfires it becomes apparent that the only person Alex is interested in is himself.

Brian Woodford is originally from Avondale, Newfoundland and Labrador and is based in Toronto, Ontario. He trained in Theatre at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College before completing his training at Humber College’s Acting for Film and Television Diploma Program.

Woodford attained his B.A. from Memorial University in Newfoundland. He is an avid tennis player, and, when not doing script analysis, is busy working on his backhand.

Shadowlands miniseries starring Brian Woodford
Brian Woodford plays the Butler Drew in the Shadowlands miniseries.

Charlie David:  When you’re approaching a script like Shadowlands and in particular with this episode it’s really quite a surreal world.  How do you find anchor points to ground yourself as an actor when the story is so far outside your experience?  

Brian Woodford: I look toward my past experiences in life to help develop any character I play. This is in addition to research and development work I do, as well. Drew is someone who is devoted and inspired in life and aims to do his absolute best in working for Alex.

I, too, see myself in Drew in terms of being someone who tries to be my best to those that are close to me in life. Generally, I bring different facets of my personality into all the characters I play.

Charlie David: How much were you able to relate your own experiences to create your character?  And how much did you have to research or imagine?

Brian Woodford: I actually have played a butler before, in an Agatha Christie play, so, I was drawing a bit from that experience –  but, Drew is much more complicated than a stereotypical butler. He is torn with his feelings for Alex.

I developed a feel for the character by drawing on a time when I was discovering my sexuality and also times when I was vulnerable and powerless. Drew really just wants things to work out right for those close to him but is a bit naïve in how he goes about it.

Charlie David: What aspects of the Shadowlands miniseries are you excited for an audience to experience or discover?

Brian Woodford: I’m excited for everyone to see the creativity that the cast and crew brought to this show. There was a lot of collaboration involved, not just with myself and my fellow cast members, but the crew as well.

There is a great special effects element in one of my scenes towards the end of the episode. Each episode very much draws the viewer into the close relationships between the characters. Also, folks can check me out in a dapper tux, jk.

Charlie David: Romance between men and between women was common place and written about in Greek and Roman mythology.  Why is it important to continue sharing the type of stories in the Shadowlands miniseries today?

Brian Woodford: Visibility is so important for all minorities. More content focused on issues facing the LGBT fosters an awareness that is vital.

It also provides understanding for people who may come from different backgrounds and gives them a chance to see and discover more about issues they may not know about firsthand.

Charlie David: What was the hardest scene for you to do and why?

Brian Woodford: The hardest scene I had to do was a scene with Sean who plays the role of Alex in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’.  It was my first time using a prosthetic, and it had to be placed precisely so.  Well, I don’t want to give away too much – you’ll  just have to watch the Shadowlands miniseries!

Charlie David: Who is a major influence for you and on your creativity?

Brian Woodford: My parents have really been a big influence on me, generally, as well as being a major source for my creativity. They always said “yes” when I was a kid wanting to act in a play or to take violin, guitar or trumpet class. In hindsight, I took a lot of music classes, haha.

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Shadowlands miniseries is available on OUTtv and OUTtvGO in Canada and on Vimeo for our friends around the world.

If you enjoyed this interview, explore other chats with cast members of the Shadowlands series.

Marc Devigne (Xavier in episode 3 ‘Pygmalion Revisited’ of the Shadowlands series.

Oscar Moreno (Matteo in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of the Shadowlands gay series)

Sean C. Dwyer (Alex in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of the Shadowlands miniseries)

Nicolas James Wilson (Will in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of the Shadowlands gay series)

Vasilios Filippakis (Daniel in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of Shadowlands)

Charlie David (director of the Shadowlands series)

Natasha Balakrishnan (Thalia in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of Shadowlands

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Marc Devigne – acteur et chanteur de Shadowlands

Marc Devigne

Shadowlands est une minisérie télé du réalisateur et producteur Charlie David, connu pour sa contribution au cinéma LGBT.

L’un des acteurs de cette série aussi coauteur d’une des chansons, est le Manitobain Marc Devigne, qui fait carrière à Toronto. Éric Plamondon, militant pour les droits LGBT, très actif dans le monde des arts, cinéaste aussi qui vient de lancer un court-métrage, Positive End Note.

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Ils sont nos invités en studio pour partager leurs expériences dans le monde du cinéma LGBT. 

Visionnez l’entrevue complète avec Marc Devigne ici à Radio-Canada.

Shadowlands miniseries is available on OUTtv and OUTtvGO in Canada and on Vimeo for our friends around the world.

If you enjoyed this, explore other chats with cast members of the Shadowlands series.

Marc Devigne (Xavier in episode 3 ‘Pygmalion Revisited’ of the Shadowlands series.

Oscar Moreno (Matteo in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of the Shadowlands gay series)

Sean C. Dwyer (Alex in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of the Shadowlands miniseries)

Nicolas James Wilson (Will in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of the Shadowlands gay series)

Vasilios Filippakis (Daniel in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of Shadowlands)

Brian Woodford (Drew in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of Shadowlands gay series)

Natasha Balakrishnan (Thalia in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of Shadowlands

Learn about the hidden ‘Easter Eggs’ in the Shadowlands gay series

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qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 Awards Announced

qFLIX Philadelphia Shadowlands

qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 Awards Announced at Closing Night Ceremony

PHILADELPHIA – It was a wrap for qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 at the Perelman Theater at The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, March 25, 8:00 PM, as the a la Oscar finale of the fifth edition of the region’s seven-day LGBTQ+ film festival, continuing the tradition of 24 years in producing such event for the city and the region before a large and enthusiastic audience.
 
The closing night ceremony included the most awards ever given in various categories determined by a committee of jurors and the festival’s audiences, as well as this year’s Artistic Achievement in Acting to Alan Cumming for his outstanding body of work in film, stage and television, for always being a fearless out actor, and for his impassioned activism and support of numerous non-profit organizations and causes on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
Festival producers easily agreed the multi-talented, 52-year-old Cumming was the perfect recipient of the specialty award.
 
During his acceptance speech, Cumming spoke of his personal love for Philadelphia and why the qFLIX Philadelphia LGBTQ+ film festival is so near and dear to his heart. During his first festival experience, in 2004, his then-date, later boyfriend, ultimately became his husband for now 14 years.
 
The results were in high contrast between what the jury selected versus what the audience identified as their favorites in all categories. This year’s trend saw jury awards skewing toward foreign entries, while the audience favored films shot in the USA.
 
“The expansion of the awards allowed for greater opportunities for filmmakers to win their all-important festival laurels in the LGBTQ+ indie film festival that premiered more than 80 features, documentaries, shorts, and New Media (primarily web series) from over 25 countries that were all considered in competition,” said festival producers, Thom Cardwell and James Duggan, in a joint statement.
 
In addition to the United States, five other countries were represented among the winners in their respective categories, vying for either jury or audience awards, for a total of 12, announced during the closing night ceremony.
 
Jury awards for qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 were presented to the following films:
 
 •    “Agnes and Milane,” directed by Tristan Titiloy (France) and “Dusk,” directed by Jake Graf (UK) for Best “Female Identifying Subject” Short Film.
 •    “Sisak” by Faraz Arif Ansari (India) for Best “Male Identifying Subject” Short Film.
 •    “Calamity” directed by Severine De Streyker (Belgium) for Best “Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identifying Subject” Short Film (Narrative).
 •    “Little Potato” directed by Wes Hurley (Russia) for Best “Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identifying Subject” Short Film (Documentary).
 •    “Blindsided” directed by Lisa Oliveri (USA) for Best Documentary.
 •    “Discreet” directed by Travis Mathews (USA) for Best Feature Film.
 
Commenting on the jury selection of “Blindsided,” an intimate portrayal of an individual’s vulnerability and resilience, as she confronts deafness and blindness while in abusive relationships, the jurors stated, “Impressive on various levels, this important and effective yet humbly crafted film inspires deeply and has the ability to motivate a wide audience to create change.”
 
The jurors had this to say about their Best Feature film winner, “We chose ‘Discreet’ because of its creativity and original voice. The film is also technically well-executed, particularly its use of sound and editing to maintain tension in the film’s narrative. Queer cinema has a rich history of challenging audiences with content and storytelling style. ‘Discreet’ took familiar themes and spun them together in unexpected ways.”
  
Audience awards were determined by festival attendees who rated the films on a user-friendly phone App, introduced in 2016, that proved popular and resulted in greater participation in selecting this year’s winners.
 
 Audience Awards for qFLIX Philadelphia 2018 were presented to the following films:
  
 •    “Seeing Glory” directed by Rick Hamilton (USA) for Best “Female Identifying Subject” Short Film.
 •    “Something New” by TJ Marchbank (USA) for Best “Male Identifying Subject” Short Film.
 •    “After The Date” directed by Iris Devins (USA) for Best “Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identifying Subject” Short Film.
 •    “Random Acts” BBC4 directed by Various Directors (UK) for New Media (Web Series).
 •    “Dragged” directed by Christopher Birk (USA) for Best Documentary.
 •    “Daddy” directed by Gerald McCullouch (USA) for Best Feature Film of the Festival.
 
Philadelphia-based filmmakers, Iris Devins and Christopher Birk, were on hand to be congratulated for their respective accomplishments. Gerald McCullouch, the director and star of “Daddy,” the audience pick for Best Feature Film was also in attendance at the ceremony. Upon his winning the award, McCullouch noted, “It was great being back in Philadelphia. qFLIX is such a great festival. They were one of the first to show my first short film. and now to have two feature films screen on closing weekend, and ‘Daddy’ winning the Audience Award, was the icing on a pretty snazzy piece of cake.”
 
On the opening night of the festival the director of “Hello Again,” Tom Gustafson, was given the Rising Star in Directing Award.

qFLIX Philadelphia Shadowlands  
Throughout the run of the festival, Centerpiece Selection film directors and actors were also presented with the following awards:
 
 •    Canadian Charlie David (“Judas Kiss,” “Mulligans,” “Dante’s Cove”) the First Time Director Award for “Shadowlands.”
 •    Hong Kong’s SCUD (“City Without Baseball,” “Utopians,” “Love Actually. . .Sucks“) the Artistic Achievement in Directing Award for “Voyage.”
 •    Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Johns (“Waiting in the Wings,” “Rehearsal”) the Artistic Achievement in Acting Award for “Still Waiting in the Wings.”
 
 “The festival in 2018 had expanded to seven days, moved its venue headquarters to Plays & Players Theater, added more award categories, programmed a more diverse and all-inclusive lineup of films that represented countries of the world, from Cyrus, Iran, Belgium, South Korea, Argentina, India, Spain, and China, by, for and about the LGBTQ+ community,” said artistic director and producer Cardwell.
 
Producer Duggan was thrilled to announce that qFLIX Philadelphia 2019 will mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s LGBTQ+ film festival (March 18-25) with a tribute to a dynamic history and tradition of queer cinema, old and new, several groundbreaking films and a cavalcade of special guests.

Shadowlands miniseries is available on OUTtv and OUTtvGO in Canada and on Vimeo for our friends around the world.

If you enjoyed this article about qFLIX Philadelphia, explore other chats with cast members of the Shadowlands series.

Marc Devigne (Xavier in episode 3 ‘Pygmalion Revisited’ of the Shadowlands series.

Oscar Moreno (Matteo in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of the Shadowlands gay series)

Sean C. Dwyer (Alex in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of the Shadowlands miniseries)

Nicolas James Wilson (Will in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of the Shadowlands gay series)

Vasilios Filippakis (Daniel in episode 2 ‘Mating Season’ of Shadowlands)

Brian Woodford (Drew in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of Shadowlands gay series)

Natasha Balakrishnan (Thalia in episode 1 ‘Narcissus’ of Shadowlands

Learn about the hidden ‘Easter Eggs’ in the Shadowlands gay series

 

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