The independent short film Struggles Within written and directed by Corrinne Wood has started principle filming at a private residence in St Thomas. The film is a collaboration between Chatham based IME Films and m & s Marshall Production. Matthew Marshall the co-owner of m & s Marshall Production is the production manager of the film as well as co-producer with Wood on the film
Struggles Within is told through dance and is an emotional look at young women’s struggle with depression, and her choice as to whether she wants to continue to live. “It’s a film that explores depression through dance” Marshall explains. When asked about the film Wood had this to say “mental illness is something really near and dear to my heart, and this film is designed to show an audience who may not be struggling with a mental illness what kind of daily struggles really goes on inside the mind of someone struggling with depression.”
This short film is told entirely through dance with no words. The Young woman at the centre of the film struggling with depression is played by St Thomas Native Katie Ostojic who was a student in Marshall Tuned In short film. Katie has been dancing competitively since she was 8 years old. She has participated as a backup dancer in the Family Channel’s, The Next Step and in the summer of 2012 her dance troupe traveled to London, England to provide entertainment through dance at the Summer Olympics. Katie feels dancing in this film is a wonderful opportunity to do what she loves the most, to dance. “Being part of this film is an opportunity to inspire others, especially youth” says Ostojic when talking about her role in the film. She goes on to say, “The story about overcoming demons and finding hope Is one I know well, and It’s an honour for me to tell this story through the art dance. Hope changes everything”.
The cast of the film also features Camryne Quinn who plays Depression. Quinn who dances at Dance Pointe Studio, filled the role as one of the choreographers of the dances in the film as well. She has won choreography awards for two of her dance pieces that she choreographed for the 2016 competitive season. The principle cast is rounded out by another St Thomas native in Morgan Flanagan who plays the role of Hope. Morgan, along with Ostojic also played a student in Marshall’s Tuned In. Morgan is a graduate of Lester b. Pearson school for the arts, with over ten years of dance.
The rest of the cast is made up of a number of dancers from St. Thomas, London and Chatham Area. Including: Julia Hunter Olivia Torrance, Talitha Wood, Elizabeth White, Bianca Sinclair, Abby Johnston, Amy Krosnicki, Nia Wood, Ashley Wood.
The first segment that was filmed was Defeated which is the dance expressed musically lead scene that shows Ostojic’s character being overcome by Depression and the inner demons that consume her And pull her into the darkness of depression. The next segment Is being filmed August 21st and it will be the other segment of the film that involves the entire cast and it is called ‘Conflict”