From the smartphones in our pockets to the smart speakers in our homes, technology is ever-present in our lives. Some may find this comforting, while others worry about the negative impact of constant connection.
Squamish-raised producer and director Ann Forry pairs this fear of technology with the paranormal in her soon to be released teen horror film, Shall We Play?
Shot on location in New Westminster and starring Vancouver actress Matreya Scarrwener, the movie centers around Stacy, a seventeen-year-old high schooler who lives with her grandmother and uses a mobile app to converse with the dead. While Stacy initially turns to the app for emotional support and to communicate with her deceased loved ones, she soon realizes that she app consumes more than she had anticipated.
Shooting for the film wrapped up in early October and the project is expected to be released following post-production either in late 2019 or early 2020.
Shall We Play? is the first feature film that Forry co-wrote, produced, and directed, though she is no stranger to the industry. Having spent the past 25 years as a casting director, Forry has worked on countless music videos, TV shows, and various short and full-length films.
Emigrating from Scotland to Squamish as a teenager in the 1970s, Forry credits the transition for teaching her how to be self-sufficient.
After attending Howe Sound Secondary, Forry moved to Vancouver to pursue a carrier in film.
“I really wanted to be in the arts and I appreciate films and the creation of movies and wanted to be part of that.”
Forry has since transitioned from casting to the director’s chair and has lent her hand to writing and producing as well. “I do everything but act” she jokes.
Forry and her writing partner Emma Raine Walker have numerous other projects in development including a romantic comedy, a drama, and a TV pilot.
“This is a whole new world for me and its very exciting.”