"Shoot Begins On Unless"

By Ian Sandwell/ Screen Daily

Based on the award-winning and final novel from Canadian author Carol Shields, the film stars Catherine Keener and was adapted for the screen by Alan Gilsenan, who will also direct...

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"Irish Film Preview: Alan Gilsenan’s Unless"

By Niall Murphy/ Scannain


Another of the big Irish international co-productions to be released in 2016 is Alan Gilsenan’s Canadian based Unless.

The film, which is scripted by Gilsenan, is based on the award-winning and final novel from Canadian author Carol Shields. It follows a successful writer struggling to come to terms with her daughter’s decision to withdraw from the world and start pan-handling on a street corner.


Character:

Casper

Novelist:

Carol Shields

Adaptation:
Alan Gilsenan

Director:

Alan Gilsenan

Producers:
Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Tristan Orpen Lynch, Aoife O’Sullivan

Production Companies: 
Sienna Films, Subotica

Additional Cast:
Catherine Keener, Matt Craven, Hannah Gross, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Martha Henry, Hanna Schygulla

Status:
Premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on 8-18 September 2016; Screened at the 2016 Calgary International Film Festival on September 21 – October 2, 2016


"Irish titles heading to Toronto International Film Festival 2016"

By Niall Murphy/ Scannain


The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival has announced the first 67 films that will play in their prestigious Galas and Special Presentation slots. Last year’s Oscar-winning Irish drama Room played there, winning the People Choice award and setting itself firmly as a contender for awards season. This year 4 Irish films will hope to emulate that success.

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"Catherine Keener Joins Indie 'Unless'"

By Etan Vlessing/ Hollywood Reporter

Catherine Keener has joined the cast of Unless, Irish director Alan Gilsenan's movie adaptation of late Canadian novelist Carol Shields' final book...

"Principal photography begins on Alan Gilsenan’s Unless"

By Niall Murphy/ Scannain

The film, which is scripted by Gilsenan,  is based on the award-winning and final novel from Canadian author Carol Shields. It follows a successful writer struggling to come to terms with her daughter’s decision to withdraw from the world and start pan-handling on a street corner...

The film is based on the semi-autobiographical final novel of Carol Sheilds's career.


The story is of forty-four-year-old Reta Winters, who is a wife, mother, writer, and translator. 


Reta Winters has many reasons to be happy. Her three almost-grown daughters. Her twenty-year relationship with their father. Her modest success as a writer. Then, suddenly, all the quiet satisfactions of her well-lived life disappear in a moment – her eldest daughter Norah suddenly drops out of college, runs from the family and is found on a Toronto street corner, with a hand-lettered cardboard sign reading ‘Goodness’ on her chest. Unless follows Reta and her family as they struggle first to ‘rescue’ Norah, then to understand her incomprehensible decision in taking this strange path.


Speaking of the film, director Alan Gilsenan, who also adapted the book, says, "Carol Shields’s Unless is her surprising, moving and angry swan-song, a book both for our time and very much of our time. It is a real honor and delight to be finally bringing it to the cinema screen with such an extraordinary cast."

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Unless (2016)