Little Orphans will stand alone on its real-life opening night this weekend: the only St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival feature, in a year marked by virtual celebrations, to grace a theatre screen.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual festival brought on more movies than usual, offering an online festival pass for audiences instead of its usual medley of galas and workshops.
Its single screening slot went to Little Orphans, which was shot and produced in St. John’s: such a prominent setting throughout the film that it progressively morphs into a supporting character.
Director Ruth Lawrence and writer Emily Bridger weave the bittersweet complexity of returning to St. John’s from the mainland throughout the fabric of the film, following three adult sisters who find themselves in town together for a wedding.
At its core, the film stares down what it truly means to feel at home, surrounded by old wounds, Lawrence said.