Hair of the Dog- Comedy Talk with Sue Kent and Deanne Foley
Susan Kent has written and performed two one-woman shows, Nan Loves Jerry and Jerry’d Alive! through RCAT in St. John’s Newfoundland. Her television acting credits include This Hour Has 22 Minutes for which she won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in Variety or Sketch Comedy, Kids in the Hall’s Death Comes to Town, Republic of Doyle, Hatching Matching and Dispatching and Three Chords From the Truth, which garnered a Gemini for Best Ensemble in a Comedy. Notable film credits include Violet, Diverted, Sundance 2010 Official Selection Grown Up Movie Star, Relative Happiness and How to Be Deadly as well as the short films Diamonds in a Bucket, Stray, What Remains, and Me2. Susan is a member of Toronto Sketch Fest Best of the Fest winners Dance Party of Newfoundland.
Deanne Foley is an award-winning filmmaker who made her mark with award-winning comedic shorts, TROMBONE TROUBLE and THE MAGNIFICENT MOLLY MCBRIDE. BEAT DOWN, starring MARTHE BERNARD (CBC’s REPUBLIC OF DOYLE) & ROBB WELLS (TRAILER PARK BOYS), debut feature film garnered three Canadian Comedy Award nominations including Best Direction and won five awards at domestic and international film festivals. Distributed by Equinox Films in Canada and Media New Luna internationally, the film can be seen on The Movie Network (TMN), Movie Central, HBO Canada, and SHAW On Demand. Deanne’s sophomore feature, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, a romantic comedy, based on the best selling novel by Cape Breton writer, LESLEY CREWE, was selected for Telefilm Canada’s Perspective Canada CANNES 2014 and is shortlisted for Whistler Film Festival’s 2014 Borsos BEST CANADIAN Feature award. The film is set for theatrical release in Spring 2015. Most recently, Deanne was delighted to get the opportunity to direct two episodes for CBC’s REPUBLIC OF DOYLE. And she was selected for the prestigious Toronto’s International Talent Lab 2014 comprising of a select group of emerging filmmakers from around the world. She is a member of Directors Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Canada, WIFT-Atlantic and NIFCO.
Kerri MacDonald grew up in Middle Cove, just outside St. John’s, Newfoundland, and resides in the seaside community today. After spending some time pursuing an English degree at Memorial University, Kerri left when she got her first job as an advertising copywriter in 1998 and has been successfully working and freelancing in print and television ever since. Working on the CBC series Republic of Doyle has allowed Kerri to implement some of that advertising experience by doing all of the in-house promo for 4 seasons. In 2010, her web strategy for Republic of Doyle netted her a Canadian New Media Award Nomination for Best Use of Social Media. Now a seasoned set veteran, she developed another career as a crew member in the art department, dressing sets and doing props for local shorts and features. Her hilarious and one-of-a-kind comic short Mum’s the Word… was funded and filmed in the winter of 2009 through the NIFCO PictureStart program, screened at the Iron Mule Shorts Festival in Tribeca, NY, and won Best Newfoundland Film at the 2010 Nickel Independent Film Festival in St. John’s. A self-professed fan girl at heart, Kerri immersed herself in all things Doyle to write the ultimate fan guide for the show, The Definitive Guide to Doyle. Published in November 2011 to very positive reviews, the book was released nationwide and was a big hit with fans. Kerri spent Seasons 1 and 2 of Republic of Doyle as the story coordinator, wrote most of the show’s Season 1 webisodes, and since Season 3 has been a staff writer on the show right up until this final season. When she’s not working on the TV show that employs her, Kerri watches an obscene amount of TV. And when she’s not sleeping in between all that, she continues to develop her own projects with the Doyle production team at Take the Shot Productions.
Dave Sullivan is a founding member of the Dance Party of Newfoundland and has appeared on stages in Canada, Asia, the United Kingdom and the US. Sullivan has also appeared in CBC Television’s The Republic of Doyle and Murdoch Mysteries. Sullivan works as a copywriter and has worked with brands like Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, Canada Bread, Maple Leaf Foods, Larsen, Irving, Parks Canada, Boy Scouts of Canada and Memorial University. Most recently, Sullivan wrote and performed a national CBC Radio column entitled “Downsizing” about his struggle regain both mental and physical health.