Following the success of his last feature-length TIFF film, the four-time Genie nominated drama This Beautiful City, the former stage director returns with Small Town Murder Songs, the tale of a middle-aged police officer with a dark past who has to face old demons in his small, Mennonite town when a violent murder raises questions.
The film, which will open in theatres in late October or early November, stars Swedish actor Peter Stormare, Aaron Poole, Jill Hennessy, and Martha Plimpton. It’s a complex, dark, and powerfully moody film that is set alight by Gass-Donnelly’s strong script, the performances, and maybe just as importantly, the film’s score.
Here is what Gass-Donnelly had to say about Small Town Murder Songs, the Toronto Film Festival, and a hint at one of his next projects — a musical — and the star he pictures in the pivotal role.
UPDATE: Small Town Murder Songs premiers at TIFF Sunday, September 12 at 7:00 PM at AMC Theatres. The film also screens on Tuesday, September 14 at 12:30 PM at Varsity #7; and Friday, September 17 at 9:30 PM at AMC.