Start of Production
debut feature film by director Jackie English
Shooting Begins in Toronto January 2, 2017
Shooting gets underway on the empowering dance drama, Becoming Burlesque, in Toronto, starting January 2 and running through January 19, 2017.
Shiva Negar (American Assassin, Murdoch Mysteries, Hemlock Grove) stars as Fatima, a second-generation, mixed-race, secular Muslim woman, who discovers her voice through the powerful and provocative art form of Burlesque.
Struggling with her sense of belonging, Fatima navigates between modern city surroundings and mixed family cultural expectations, when she gets seduced by the fearless world of a Burlesque cabaret. There she becomes empowered to redefine herself, and unleashes a brave and confident alter-ego, “Babylon.”
Becoming Burlesque is the debut feature film by director/writer Jackie English, best known for directing the Bravofact! short film Duty Calls, starring Sean Cullen and Deb McGrath, which was awarded Best Actress (Short) at the Canadian Film Festival, 2016, and the short film NIMBY, that won 1st place at TUFF 2011.
Rounding out the cast is Khalid Klein (Heroes Reborn, Killjoys), Severn Thompson (Helix, Rookie Blue) Sam Kalilieh (American Gothic, Beauty and the Beast, 12 Monkeys) Farzad Sadrian (Pacific Rim, The Grid), Courtney Deelen (Suits, Murdoch Mysteries) and Katelyn McCullogh (Reign).
Award-winning Burlesque entertainer Pastel Supernova (artistic director of Love Letters Cabaret) will choreograph and feature the Cabaret’s dancers. The dance numbers were workshopped by Love Letters Cabaret at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Director of Photography will be handled by Clement Lush (Duty Calls, The Cart, and editing will be run by the Butler Brothers, Jason and Bret.
MAC generously has donated makeup for the film production, and through a partial grant William F. White has given equipment.
The film is made possible with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada.