Synopsis: Jamie 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 a 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.
Ursula Calder (Krista)
Sam Vigneault (Kevin)
Amy Groening (Chicky)
Christian Murray (Clarence)
Bone Cage is a sensitive examination of the parallels between the toxic ideals of masculinity that children are taught who become men, and how this goes hand in hand with the destruction of our earth. I knew how alive and vibrant these people were, I also knew how hard the work was, stripping the environment being part of ecological collapse, clear-cutting. I knew how slowly you put armour on to survive in a rural conservative community. How that armor becomes a part of you. How it turns you hard. I wanted to show a soul trapped, fighting to escape, to live and love and feel. To hold onto dreams in a place where dreams are seen as impractical or weak. How in these situations we fight to hold on to hope, even if that means accepting some sort of unreality.
Taylor Olson (he/ him) is a Canadian Screen Award nominated filmmaker, and actor in Mi’kma’ki/ Nova Scotia. He has directed a number of short films, and – alongside partner Koumbie – won Season 10 of CBC’s Short Film Faceoff for the coming-of-age drama Hustle & Heart.
His first feature film – Bone Cage – has been released to critical acclaim; sweeping the awards at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival and numerous other festivals. It has appeared in competition at Poland’s Camerimage, where it was nominated for Best Cinematographer’s Debut and had its US debut in January 2021. Bone Cage was recently nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards for Adapted Screenplay & Supporting Actress. Taylor is the recipient of the 2020 Arts Nova Scotia Emerging Artist Award.