Cast No Shadow

A troubled boy faces monsters from inside out

In the soulful, psyche-charged coming-of-age drama

Cast No Shadow

Directed by Christian Sparkes

Nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards Including Best Picture


TORONTO – Carlton Cinema

HALIFAX – Scotiabank Theatre

ST. JOHN’S – Cinema Mount Pearl




Against a backdrop of Newfoundland’s rugged glory, a boy on the cusp of manhood wrestles with his legacy and soul – and a cave dwelling troll only he can see – in Christian Sparkes’ fantasy-drama feature debut Cast No Shadow.

Jude (Percy Hynes-White) is a delinquent, motherless 13-year-old. He’s the son of a chronic jailbird, and as far as the rural townsfolk are concerned, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. But the “lies” that are said to come from his mouth, reveal a vibrant and sometimes violent imagination – fueled by books and manifested by an obsession with painting random objects gold and hoarding them.

His dreams and visions are his id at work, interpreting the cruel and occasionally sweet realities of his life. Among these: the beatings and abuse hurled at him by his brutal dad Angus (Percy’s real life father, Joel Thomas Hynes, who is also the movie’s screenwriter), the mistrust of sometime friends and a local cop, ridicule and bullying by the town teens and – in contrast – the coy affections of a local girl named Nancy and kindliness of a reclusive elderly woman (Mary-Colin Chisholm) who’s reputed to be a witch.

The debut feature, 1 of 8 films selected for Telefilms inaugural Micro-Budget Program, by Canadian Film Centre alumnus Sparkes was acclaimed from its first screening at the Atlantic Film Festival, where it swept the awards: garnering Best Atlantic Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Actor (for young Percy) and Best Cinematography.

Its star continued to rise at the Canadian Screen Awards with nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction/Production Design (Xavier Georges) and Best Original Score (Jeffrey Morrow).

“Whenever a character is beaten down or put in a hole by society, we like to envision their environment as means that can be overcome through hard work, luck, imagination, or all of the above,” says Sparkes. “When it happens it’s beautiful. When it doesn’t, it’s heartbreaking. And sometimes, as is the case with this film, it’s both.

Cast No Shadow tells the story of a boy who yearns to transform into something he is not. A boy who was close to persevering, as so many are, but fell backwards. This is a boy I know well and am very fond of.  Screenwriter Joel Hynes knows him even better.”

Known for his trademark blend of fantasy and drama, Christian Sparkes’ short films have played around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes. His fellow Canadian Film Centre alumnus, screenwriter Joel Thomas Hynes, is a popular Newfoundland-based actor (The Book Of Negroes, Republic Of Doyle) who has written numerous stage plays and novels.

About MCE (Marina Cordoni Entertainment)

MCE is a filmmaker-focused services approach to the various stages of feature film production: from creative development, financing, executive producer services, producer representation and domestic distribution.  Prior to MCE, Marina Cordoni worked for various entertainment companies including Breakthrough Entertainment, where she was responsible for building a dedicated movie division, and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, where she handled pre-sales and completed picture sales in various foreign territories on major independent hits including 4 Weddings and a FuneralDead Man WalkingFargo, and Sleepers.