published on August 26, 2015 - 6:32pm|
Halifax-born actor Ellen Page is starring in two films that will have their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
She stars with Evan Rachel Wood and makes her debut as a producer with Into the Forest, directed by Patricia Rozema and based on a novel by Jean Hegland that Page found in a Halifax bookstore. It also stars Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, who acted with Page in Wilby Wonderful, and Wendy Crewson.
The British Columbia-Ontario co-production, also being screened at the Atlantic Film Festival in its inaugural Spotlight Gala on Sept. 19, is a speculative, post-apocalyptic tale of survival in which sisters Nell and Eva are locked in their home with nothing around but dense forest and no information about the outside world.
Page also stars in Freeheld with Julianne Moore, Steve Carell and Michael Shannon. This is the true story of New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester (Moore), who battled in 2005 to pass on her pension benefits to her same-sex domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Page).
According to variety.com, Page saw the 2007 documentary short Freeheld: The Laurel Hester Story, and is a producer on the picture with her manager, Kelly Bush.
Page was recently caught on camera by ABC as she confronted Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair, asking him about people being fired for being gay or transgender.