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Brunch with Hopeless Romantic

  • Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food 272 Water St St. John's, NL, A1C 1B7 Canada (map)

This special brunch panel features the incredible ensemble team behind our Festival’s closing night feature. Join us for a peek behind-the-scenes of this anthology film and learn more about how Hopeless Romantic subverts all of the Hollywood rom-com tropes.

This panel will feature directors Deanne Foley, Latonia Hartery, Martine Blue, Megan Wennberg, Ruth Lawrence, and Stephanie Clattenburg.

Tickets must be purchased (reserved with a Delegate Pass) in advance through the LSPU Hall Box Office. Tickets are not available at the door and will be available for purchase until 12pm the day prior, subject to availability. Limited seating.



Deanne Foley

Deanne Foley is a Canadian feature film director-writer hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her debut feature film, Beat Down garnered three Canadian Comedy Award nominations including Best Direction and won Best Debut at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival. Her sophomore feature, Relative Happiness, was nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and Best Canadian Feature at the Whistler Film Festival. Most recently, Deanne directed the dramatic award-winning feature film, An Audience of Chairs, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Joan Clark, starring Carolina Bartczak (Xmen Apocalypse) and Gord Rand (Orphan Black). The film picked up four awards at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival 2018 including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. She also co-directed and co-wrote the award-winning, female-driven feature film, Hopeless Romantic starring Lynda Boyd (The Age of Adaline/Republic of Doyle).

She is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada & Writers Guild of Canada.


Latonia Hartery

Latonia Hartery is a writer, director and producer based in St. John’s. She has worked in the industry since 2010, when she began production managing, directing and line producing documentaries for the CBC. In recent years, she has directed or produced, several award-winning shorts such as Escape Routes, Sadie and Crocuses. Her short films have been compared to the works of Hitchcock and Tarkovsky, and have been shown in over 30 countries. Hopeless Romantic is her first feature as a producer. She is currently co-producing the Labrador Doc Project with the National Film Board of Canada.

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Martine Blue

Martine Blue is a multi award-winning writer, director, editor, producer and most recently a cinematographer. She began filmmaking with a do-it-yourself approach, working as a one-woman crew, performing most of the technical jobs herself. Her credits include her debut feature, Hunting Pignut, which screened in film festivals across North America, in 24 Cineplex theatres and is currently playing on Super Channel, the 6 director omnibus feature Hopeless Romantic, currently touring festivals, and writing/directing work on Hors Circuits, an innovative French travel show.


Megan Wennberg

Megan Wennberg is a writer, director and story editor working in documentary and scripted film and TV. She is currently directing a documentary feature for CBC about Drag Kids, and she has worked in the writing departments of the Trailer Park Boys, Pure and Seed. Megan's feature script The Pink Ladies won the Inspired Script Award at the Atlantic Film Festival, and she is a screenwriting alumna of the Canadian Film Centre.


Ruth Lawrence

Ruth Lawrence is a writer-director on the anthology feature, Hopeless Romantic, the closing feature at the 2018 St. John's Women's Film Festival and will direct the feature film, Little Orphans, this spring. She recently completed a 1 hour documentary for CBC TV on the Nunatsiavut Circus Project with Fire Crown Productions. As Artistic Director of White Rooster Theatre, she created Other Women Walk, the historical performance tour that premiered in Bannerman Park this summer to critical acclaim and will direct Remnants, a story about the NY Triangle Factory Fire, in January 2019. Her accolades include Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Artist of the Year, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

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Stephanie Clattenburg

Stephanie Clattenburg is an indigenous writer/director with over 13 years experience in film and television. Her first feature length film, a documentary about gender bias in the music industry titled Play Your Gender had it’s world premier in Canberra, Australia in 2016. The film was awarded the 'Edith Lando Peace Prize, which goes to the film which best utilizes the power of cinema to further the goal of social justice and peace’ from The Reel 2 Real Film Festival in Vancouver. Stephanie also works as a videographer and radio technician at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Earlier this year Clattenburg was selected by an acclaimed selection committee to be one of the 'Five in Focus' Atlantic directors. 'Women in View' partnered with 'Women in Film and Television Atlantic' and 'Telefilm Canada' to shine the spotlight on 5 women directors from the Atlantic region. She is currently in development for her first dramatic feature film, a gritty coming of age story that takes place in the late 90s called Night Blooms.


Wanda Nolan

Wanda Nolan is a writer, filmmaker, and story consultant. In the Fall of 2016, she made her directorial debut with Mystery of the Secret Room, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It was nominated for Best Emerging Director and Best Animated Short at the Yorkton Film Festival and a Golden Egg Award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. The same year she released Crocuses. Crocuses was the winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award and won Best Short at the Nickel Film Festival. Her feature screenplay The Magic of Boxer Connors was the winner of the 2012 Inspired Script Harold Greenburg Award. And, in 2017, her feature The Royals was selected for the FIN script development program. Wanda has a Masters of Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

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