Bone Cage – cryptic and captivating story of a troubled family
Bone Cage is an incredible Canadian film about people trapped in jobs, relationships and lives. Directed and starring a major talent to watch, Taylor Olson, this performance-driven piece is a sensitive and skillful adaptation of Catherine Bank’s stage play. Bone Cage plays with the nuances of performative masculinity in rural Canada. Jamie’s desire to break free from this world is thwarted by the very environment and circumstance he’s trying to escape.
Jamie (Taylor Olson) works a wood processor, clear-cutting for pulp in small-town Nova Scotia. At the end of each shift, he walks through the destruction he has created looking for injured animals and rescues those he can. Adapted from a play by Nova Scotian author Catherine Banks, Bone Cage is an impressive first feature from Halifax actor/filmmaker Taylor Olson that sensitively excavates the tragedy of how young people in rural communities, employed in the destruction of their environment, treat the people they love at the end of their shift.
Available from Level Film, July 8, 2021.
Bone Cage is an adaptation of the award-winning “Atlantic Gothic” stage play of the same name by Catherine Banks, and the film has garnered 13 wins and 17 nominations during its run in the Canadian and international film festival circuit.
Official Selection: Cinefest Sudbury 2020, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Kansas City FilmFest International, Beyond Earth Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, Hamilton Film Festival, New Jersey International Festival, and more
Winner: FIN Atlantic International Film Festival – Best Feature, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival – Best Director, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival – Best Screenwriting, Beyond Earth Film Festival – Best Drama Feature Film, and more
Nominee: Canadian Screen Awards – Adapted Screenplay, Canadian Screen Awards – Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and more
Taylor Olson is an actor/ writer/ filmmaker based in K’Jipuktuk/ Halifax and a recipient of the Arts NS Emerging Artist Recognition Award, 2020. He has written and/ or directed a number of short films, which have won prizes at film festivals across the country including CBC’s Short Film Face Off. Most recently, Taylor
wrote/ directed Bone Cage, which was adapted from Catherine Banks’ play by the same name. Bone Cage premiered at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival 2020 and swept the awards winning Best Atlantic Feature, as well as Best Atlantic Director, Screenwriting & Cinematography. As a film actor, Taylor has acted in projects such as Black Cop, Pure, Sex & Violence, Hopeless Romantic, Diggstown, Trailer Park Boys, and numerous other productions, and has received seven ACTRA Maritimes nominations, the Dr. Bruce Mills Lion of Courage award for bravery in performance and the David Renton Award for Outstanding Performance at FIN, 2018.
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