It’s a Violent sweep at the Leos

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      The Straight called it back in September when Violent played at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

      “A luminous and utterly audacious feature debut,” is how we described the micro-budgeted indie, which was made for roughly one-thirtieth of the cost of a single detached dwelling in East Vancouver, and which swept the best feature, direction, screenwriting and music categories at the 2015 Leo Awards during a gala celebration on Sunday (June 14).

      Shot in Norway, the moody and poetic film describes key events in the life of a young woman who dies in the wake of a mysterious catastrophe. Violent was produced by Josh Huculiak and directed by his brother Andrew, who wrote both the script and the soundtrack with Cayne Mckenzie, his bandmate in local math-rockers We Are the City.

      In a separate celebration last Saturday (June 6), Joseph Schweers was honoured for Violent’s cinematography and editing, while he also shared the best visual effects trophy with Marc Whitelaw. Violent won yet another Leo on Saturday (June 13) for casting. The film was also named best Canadian and best BC feature when VIFF wrapped last year.

      In the other major film categories, gala host Christopher Heyerdahl took his fourth ever Leo for best supporting performance by a male in Eadweard, while Gabrielle Rose added to her impressive collection of statuettes for her supporting work in Two 4 One.

      Matthew MacCaull and Julia Sarah Stone both took well deserved Leos for their lead performances in Black Fly and Wet Bum.

      For the full list of winners in all categories, including short film, TV, web, animation, and music video, go here.