Press Room – The Other Half

 Publicity (US)

Rebecca Fisher, PMK.BNC
Cell: 323.875.9861

Margaret Gordon, PMK.BNC
Cell: 818.517.0865

Press Releases

February 17, 2016 — The Other Half to Have World Premiere at SXSW

Press Coverage

March 2016

E! Online, March 10, 2016: SXSW Film Festival: 7 Movies We Can’t Wait to See
eFilmCritic, March 7, 2016: SXSW 2016 Interview: ‘The Other Half’ director Joey Klein
Rolling Stone, March 3, 2016: 25 Movies We Can’t Wait To See At SXSW

February 2016

Variety, February 26, 2016: Watch Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen Fall for Each Other in SXSW Premiere ‘The Other Half’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Publicity (Canada)

Bonne Smith, Star PR
Tel: 416.488.4436

Press Kit

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The Story – The Other Half

Nickie Bellow (Tom Cullen) is a self-destructive drifter, mourning the disappearance of his younger brother. Having abandoned a life of promise in his native UK, he has spent the inaugural years of adulthood drowning grief in alcohol and violence. By the fifth anniversary of his brother’s disappearance he has reached his nadir. Fired from his menial job, he is poised once again for an aimless life. Then he meets Emily (Tatiana Maslany).

The two form an immediate, inseparable bond. It is love at first sight deepened by a shared sense of sorrow. Enamored with each other, they expedite the standard rituals of a ‘normal’ relationship. Drunk on the intoxication of an accelerated young love, they consume each other ravenously, accustomed to the fleeting and transitory, untrusting of permanence.

After a short amount of time, his PTSD and her bi-polar disorder surface, complicating their new-found intimacy. They have a connection deeper than anything they could have imagined. It’s the two of them against the world. For Nickie and Emily, time does not heal all wounds. But could real love indeed conquer all?

The Cast – The Other Half

TOM CULLEN – ‘Nickie’

Tom won the British Independent Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his performance in Weekend (2011), which had its World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival. He appeared in an episode of the critically acclaimed British TV miniseries, Black Mirror (2011), which won an international Emmy for Best Series.

An extremely versatile actor, Tom has appeared in several productions showing his range in films such as Desert Dancer (2014), and The Last Days on Mars (2013), on top of an impressive television slate including roles in The Five (2015), Ridley Scott-produced World Without End (2012), and most notably as ‘Lord Gillingham’ on Downton Abbey (2013-2014).


From her 2010 Sundance Breakout Actress Award to her Golden Globe and Emmy award nominations for lead actress in a television drama, Tatiana Maslany has garnered numerous accolades for her film and television roles.  2016 will bring Maslany to large and small screens, with a starring role starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the film Stronger (2016), based on a memoir by a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, and the 4th season of BBC America’s Orphan Black.  In Orphan Black, where she plays several women who are revealed to be clones, she has also earned a Golden Globe nomination, an Emmy Award nomination, two Critics Choice Awards, two Teen Choice Awards nominations and one win, a Young Hollywood Award, two Canadian Screen Awards and a SAG Award nomination.

Maslany recently wrapped production on Two Lovers and a Bear alongside Dane DeHaan, about two young adults fighting the elements and their inner-demons as they fall in love in a small North Pole town, directed by Oscar-nominated Kim Nguyen. Maslany was most recently seen in The Weinstein Company’s The Woman in Gold, starring alongside Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Simon Curtis directed the film, in which she plays the young Helen Mirren character.


Suzanne Clément garnered international attention in 2012 when she won the Un Certain Regard – Best Actress award at Cannes for her role as ‘Fred Belair’ in Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Always (2012). This same role led to another win (Best Actress River Run International Film Festival) and three additional nominations (Canadian Screen Awards, International Cinephile Society and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle). Clément has appeared in three other films by Dolan, including I Killed My Mother (2009) and Mommy (2014). The acclaimed Mommy won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2014, and has gone on to countless wins and nominations in film festivals around the world, and selected as Canada’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign-Language Film. For her rich portrayal of the mysterious ‘Kyla’ in Mommy, Clément has received numerous nominations and wins including her Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, the Best Actress Award at the Namur Film Festival, and being nominated by the Online Film Critics’ Society Awards for Best Supporting Actress opposite Patricia Arquette, Jessica Chastain, Agata Kulesza and Tilda Swinton.

Incredibly hardworking and always in-demand, Clément filmed her second film with director Philippe Falardeau, Guibord S’en Va-T-En Guerre (2015), winner of Best Canadian Feature at both TIFF and the Toronto International Critics Association, and nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards, and Early Winter(2015) directed by fellow Cannes-winner Michael Rowe. She followed these projects with Taulardes (2015) from writer/director Audrey Estrougo.

Other credits include: Luc Picard’s L’Aidition (2005); Fernand Dansereau’s La Brunante(2007); Philippe Falardeau’s It’s Not Me, I Swear! (2008); Stefan Miljevic’s Amsterdam(2013); and Jean-Jacques Zilbermann’s A La Via (2014).


Henry Czerny is a renowned actor, recognized for starring opposite Harrison Ford in Clear And Present Danger (1994), Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible (1996), and Bradley Cooper & Liam Neeson in The A-Team (2010). He has demonstrated his comedic abilities with his satirical portrayal of ‘Mr. Bottoms’ in the Zombie indie film Fido (2006), alongside Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as by playing ‘Yuri’, the Russian Trainer, opposite Steve Martin in The Pink Panther (2006).

A classically trained actor, Henry Czerny began his career on stage, starring in both plays and musicals – most notably in an acclaimed off-Broadway production of Shaw’s Arms and the Man and in a myriad of Shakespeare plays at Canadian Stage and Toronto Free Theatre. His breakout role was in the Canadian made-for television film The Boys of St. Vincent (1992), for which he won multiple awards, including his first of many Gemini awards, and the FIPA d’Or for Best Actor in Cannes. Henry followed this with many TV movies and guest-starring roles, culminating in an unforgettable performance of the colorful ‘Duke of Norfolk’ in Showtime’s multi-award-winning series The Tudors (2007).

With a versatility that delights his devoted fans, Henry Czerny moves from film to television with disarming ease, naturally creating a wide array of characters. He is equally believable as the 16th century nobleman as he is as ‘Neale Donald Walsch’ (and the voice of God) in the feature Conversations With God (2006). His four season run as ‘Conrad Grayson’, the magnetic and enigmatic patriarch in the ABC hit series Revenge (2011-2014), has garnered him further acclaim.

On the small screen, he was just seen as the highly-anticipated villain ‘The Toyman’ on CBS’s hit series Supergirl (2016), and up next, will guest star as TMI’s estranged father on Fox’s Rosewood (2016).

Henry can currently be seen in theatres in Atom Egoyan’s award-winning feature Remember (2015), taking on the role of ‘son’ to Oscar winner Christopher Plummer.


Mark Rendall was born in 1988 in Toronto, Canada.  At the age of 10 he auditioned for Cameron Macintosh’s Touring Musical Production of Oliver, and landed the role of ‘Spider’, one of Fagin’s pickpockets, as well as understudy for the character ‘Oliver’ which he ended up playing a total of 26 times during its three month run.

Since his theatrical debut, he has gone on to perform in a long list of lead and supporting roles in both film and television.  Titles include: 30 Days of Night (2007), My One and Only (2009), Charlie Bartlett (2009), The Exploding Girl (2009), Transporter: The Series (2014), Hannibal (2013), Year of the Carnivore (2009), Algonquin (2013), The Birder (2013), History of Love (2016), and many more.  Mark is also known in the voiceover world for his performance as ‘Arthur the aardvark’ in the animated series of the same name.


Deragh Campbell is a Toronto-based actor and writer. She got her start in the acclaimed feature by Matthew Porterfield, I Used to be Darker (2013), which premiered at Sundance in 2013 and made The New Yorker’s top 25 films of 2013 list. She went on to star in Dustin Guy Defa’s short film Person to Person (2014) that premiered at Sundance and won the DAAD short-film prize at the Berlinale in 2014. Deragh starred in Nathan Silver’s black comedy Stinking Heaven (2015) and Sofia Bohdanawicz’s Never Eat Alone (2016), receiving writing credits on both. Deragh has a degree in creative writing from Concordia University and has received a prestigious MacDowell Fellowship to create her first feature with co-writer Alexandra Napier. Most recently Deragh starred in the German director Julian Radlmaier’s feature, The Pursuit of Happiness, and she was featured as a Rising Star at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

NANCY PALK – ‘Katherine’

Nancy Palk was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in London, Ontario.  She is an accomplished theatre actor and director and a founding member and resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company. She has performed at theatres across the country, including Tarragon, Canadian Stage, Mirvish Productions, Shaw, Stratford, National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Citadel, and The Public, NYC.

Nancy was a recurring actor on the TV series Rogue and has appeared in ReignThe Lois Wilson StoryH2OFor Love of OliviaA Women’s PlaceThe Loretta Claiborne Story and May Stilliman’s War.

Credits – The Other Half

The Other Half
a film by Joey Klein

Canada, 2016 / 103 min

Written & Directed by: Joey Klein


Tom Cullen…………Nickie
Tatiana Maslany…………Emily
Suzanne Clément…………Marie
Henry Czerny…………Jacob
Mark Rendall…………Sammy
Deragh Campbell…………Anna
Nancy Palk…………Katherine
Benedict Campbell…………William
Emmanuel Kabongo…………Officer James
Diana Bentley…………Kristin
Zachary Hilliard-Forde…………Tommy
Allison Brennan…………Club Gal
Kaleb Alexander…………Johnny
Christian Smith…………Hooded Boy
David Christo…………Waiter
Trevor Hayes…………Bruised Man


Produced by: Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Jonathan Bronfman, Joey Klein
Executive Producers: Jay Firestone, Vanessa Piazza, Tom Cullen, Tatiana Maslany, David Miller, Mark Gingras, John Laing, Hussain Amarshi, Julia Sereny, Jennifer Kawaja
Director of Photography: Bobby Shore, CSC
Production Designer: Chris Crane
Editor: James Vandewater
Costume Designer: Anya Taraboulsy
Original music by: Joey Klein, Tom Cullen

Distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media

Variety SXSW Film Review: ‘The Other Half’

Variety’s Chief Film Critic, Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) reviews The Other Half, which he calls an “accomplished debut feature” for Writer/Director Joey Klein and a “moving perspective on how the other half lives and copes.” Read the full review below, or visit the Variety website to read the original post.

Tom Cullen and Tatiana Maslany give outstanding performances as two wounded souls in this anguished love story.

A jagged, semi-impressionistic approach and two outstanding lead performances distinguish writer-director Joey Klein’s The Other Half among the cinema’s many portraits of self-destructiveness and codependency. What might have seemed pro forma on paper — a man, suffering the effects of long-term grief, forges a deep bond with a young woman with bipolar disorder — overcomes its occasionally studied stylistic tics to become a troubled, anguished love story that neither exaggerates nor soft-pedals the demons on display. The rising profiles of stars Tom Cullen and Tatiana Maslany (both also credited as exec producers) should lend Klein’s accomplished debut feature a halfway decent shot with indie audiences following its SXSW competition premiere.

Five years after the tragic, unexplained disappearance of his younger brother, Nickie Bellow (Cullen), a British man now living abroad (the film was shot in Toronto), is caught in the throes of an intense depression. He barely maintains contact with his parents, who are still in the U.K., and is all too easily provoked into acts of violence, one of which costs him his job as a waiter. The film seeks to immerse us in Nickie’s alienation through a consistent strategy of visual and aural dislocation, favoring back-of-the-head shots and jarring, off-screen sound cues. Klein and d.p. Bobby Shore are especially fond of using rack focus to suggest what their characters are really thinking; a sudden shift to a young boy wandering behind Nickie is surely no accident.

These devices, including a few sequences that use blurry, distorted footage to suggest faded memories, are arresting if mannered. But they recede somewhat, to the movie’s benefit, once Nickie meets a vivacious aspiring painter named Emily (Maslany), toward whom he feels an immediate, and immediately reciprocated, attraction. But if their easy intimacy — afternoons cuddling in the park, private couplings shot with unusual tenderness — initially suggest that Nickie has found his salvation, that illusion is shattered when Emily goes off her meds and her particularly severe form of bipolar disorder resurfaces. The resulting sequence, the film’s most intense and sustained, plays out with her long-suffering father (Henry Czerny) and stepmother (Suzanne Clement) trying to intervene while Nickie watches from afar, helpless and frozen.

Its title more evocative of brokenness and fragmentation than of romantic fulfillment, The Other Half traces the fallout from this revelation over the course of about a year. Nickie and Emily spend several months apart so she can recover, but then tentatively renew their bond after she seems to turn a corner. As the two move in together and try to establish a quiet, productive routine, Klein places his emphasis less on the relationship’s volatility than its fragility; he creates the sad impression of a connection that desperately needs to survive, even though it’s entirely likely that it won’t. The resolution, such as it is, sounds a bleakly honest note with the faintest undertone of hope.

Cullen, so memorable as the shy, taciturn half of a gay couple in Andrew Haigh’s superb British indie Weekend, brilliantly ratchets up the dramatic tension through body language alone; without overstating it, his performance silently suggests that Nickie sees in his girlfriend some vestige of the lost sibling he couldn’t protect. But Maslany, no stranger to mercurial turns after her endlessly multifaceted work on Orphan Black, makes Emily someone far too alive and sprawling to be reduced to a redemptive symbol. In steering its characters through their ups and downs, the film wisely avoids posing any sort of false equivalency between their respective issues, or having them clash in overly on-the-nose fashion.

An actor-producer with a couple of shorts under his directorial belt (including 2012’s Waiting for You, which starred Maslany), Klein keeps deepening and developing his film’s dreamlike syntax, echoing the characters’ increasing alienation from the world around them as they withdraw into a private cocoon. Editor James Vandewater sometimes cuts abruptly from one soundscape to another — from the overpowering backbeat of a dance club, say, to the relative quiet of an empty park — while, in addition to some well-chosen soundtrack tunes, Cullen and Klein have written a spare musical score whose electronic repetitions occasionally drown out all other noise. The lingering effect is of an emotional maelstrom that can and will flare up without warning, between long periods of relatively dormancy.

Rather than veering toward melodrama, the film continually focuses on the nervous spectacle of people trying to defuse tense situations — never more awkwardly than at a fancy dinner where Emily, orchestating a formal meeting between Nickie and her parents, proceeds to raise the emotional temperature in a thoroughly unexpected way. As sympathetic as the two leads are, the film crucially acknowledges the endless patience of the parents in their midst: Czerny is a figure of poker-faced compassion as Emily’s father, while a superb Nancy Palk works wonders in her few scenes as Nickie’s kind-hearted mother. In refusing to shut these loved ones out, as their children often do, Klein’s film provides still another moving perspective on how the other half lives and copes.

What They’re Saying About ‘The Other Half’

The Other Half makes its world premiere tonight at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. As we wait for tonight’s screening — and red carpet, here’s a recap of just some of the media buzz the film has been attracting:

The Other Half was written and directed by Joey Klein, and stars Tom Cullen (Downtown AbbeyWeekend) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black). It was one of 10 films selected for the Narrative Feature Competition and the only Canadian feature film in competition.

The Filmmakers – The Other Half

JOEY KLEIN (Director, Writer)

Originally from Montreal, Joey is a graduate of Concordia University (BA in Communications) as well as Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC.

A character actor, Joey has starred or played a supporting role in numerous independent features such as We’re Still TogetherThe Animal Project (TIFF 2013), The Husband (TIFF 2013) and Girl in the Whitecoat (Jutra nomination Best Supporting Actor 2013). He has been a working film/TV actor for the last decade, with roles in American GangsterOn The Road and most recently 12 Monkeys: The Series.

As a writer/director Joey has completed two short films on Bravo!FACT grants, Waiting For You (2012) and Waterloo (2013). The Other Half is the first film in a trilogy exploring how different forms of violence affects our ability and our need to connect in a modern urban setting.


Nicole Hilliard-Forde is a Canadian film producer and casting director. Nicole is responsible for planning and overseeing the development and production of content for film, television and digital platforms for indie production company Motel Pictures Inc. The Other Half is Nicole’s first feature film with actor-writer-director and creator, Joey Klein.

Nicole is known as a media professional with an eye for the development of new and emerging talent through her work as producer of TIFF Rising Stars – a talent accelerator initiative of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She is a member of the Casting Society of America, Television Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Canadian Media Production Association.


Jonathan is a Toronto-based film producer and entrepreneur. He is the founder of JoBro Productions & Film Finance, a company that specializes in the development, financing and production of contemporary film projects.

Jonathan’s credits include Race (Focus Features 2016), Indignation (Sundance 2016), The Witch (Sundance 2015), He Never Died (SXSW 2015), Bang Bang Baby (TIFF 2014), The CallingExtraterrestrial (Tribeca 2014). Upcoming films include Two Lovers and a Bear.

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Commerce from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

BOBBY SHORE (Cinematographer)

Bobby Shore, CSC is a lauded Director of Photography who has worked on award winning feature films, commercials, and music videos. Upon graduating from the cinematography program at the American Film Institute, his talent was in demand – enabling him to shoot in the USA, Canada, and Europe.

To date, Shore has shot TV series for IFC, Showcase Network, and most recently FX, with the critically acclaimed series Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel. Bobby has 13 feature films to his credit such as Fubar 2 and Goon (for which he received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Achievement in Cinematography), and most recently Closet Monster, which premiered at TIFF in 2015 and won Best Canadian Feature at the festival.

Equally interested in music videos and commercials, he has shot for such bands as Austra, Chromeo, Patrick Watson, CFCF, and Majical Cloudz (for which he won the 2013 CSC award for Achievement in Cinematography) and for clients such as Target, Wiser’s, L’Oréal, Lise Watier, McDonald’s and Toyota.

Bobby splits his time between Los Angeles and Montreal, where he still rides his ten-speed to work.


James Vandewater is a Toronto-based filmmaker. He graduated from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in 2007. Vandewater got his start working for Rhombus Media where he was the director, cinematographer and editor of a one-hour television documentary about the making of Paul Gross’ feature film Passchendaele(2008).  The documentary, The Road to Passchendaele, premiered on Global TV, enjoying record ratings for a documentary of its kind. Vandewater is the series producer and director of the comedy quiz show, Cash Cab, starring comedian Adam Growe, which is now in its eighth season.

As an editor, Vandewater has worked on notable projects such as the 2012 feature And Now A Word From Our Sponsor (2013), starring Parker Posey and Bruce Greenwood, We Ate The Children Last (dir. Andrew Cividino – Toronto International Film Festival Top Ten 2012), Animal Control (dir. Kire Paputts – TIFF 2011), and the short film version of Sleeping Giant (Toronto International Film Festival Top TEN 2014, Locarno International Film Festival). Most recently, Vandewater edited and co-produced the feature length version of Sleeping Giant (2015), which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Semaine de la Critique 2015, and subsequently screened at Filmfest Munchen, Karlovy Vary and Toronto International Film Festival 2015.

Contact – The Other Half

Film Contact

Motel Pictures Inc.

Publicity Contact (US)

Rebecca Fisher, PMK-BNC
Cell: 323.875.9861

Margaret Gordon, PMK-BNC
Cell: 818.517.0865

Publicity Contact (Canada)

Bonnie Smith, Star PR
Tel: 416.488.4436

Sales Contact

Vanessa Piazza, Prodigy Pictures
Cell: 416-904-8559

US Sales Contact

Andra Gordon, American Entertainment Investors
Cell: 303-229-6881

Distribution (Canada)

Mongrel Media
Tel: 416-516-9775

The Other Half is produced by Motel Pictures Inc. and JoBro Productions. For general questions, please use the contact form below. For all other enquiries, please refer to our contact list.