Filmmakers Justin Harding and Rob Brunner’s newest horror short Latched, is a chilling story that follows a mother and her infant son as they defend themselves against an unknown force that has emerged from the woods. Harding and Brunner’s previous short Kookie, a devilish little film about a haunted cookie jar and a killer clown, earned an official selection at SXSW and has gone on to win over 30 awards. Latched will have it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year as the opening film for TIFF Short Cuts 06,
a collection of “eight daring films that blur boundaries and break conventions”.
Newly-single mom Alana (Alana Elmer) and her 14-month-old son Bowen (Bowen Harding) are alone in the off-season on an island cottage, with only a strange old neighbour (Peter Higginson) for company. A choreographer looking to get back into the dance world, Alana uses her time of solitude to practice her moves and prepare for a new adventure involving an experimental dance company. Then on a walk in the woods with Bowen, they discover the decomposing remains of what is dubiously identified as a bat. It is not a bat.
In the official press kit, Justin Harding described the making of the film as a collaborative passion project that they are very excited to debut for this year’s TIFF audience. “The inspiration for Latched came from a desire to produce something uniquely beautiful and shocking involving immediate family and cherished friends. A new type of genre film, Latched was designed to dance between the frightening and the artistic. Written specifically for my wife (Alana Elmer) and 14-month-old son (Bowen), this story could only be told with the honest dynamic of a mother and son whose real relationship lures the viewer deeper into an unexplained nightmare.”
Public sale for TIFF tickets will be available 10:00AM September 4th, 2017. Also included in this years Short Cuts Programme is Catastrophe (Jamille van Wijngaarden), Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month (Carlo Francisco Manatad), The Tesla World Light (Matthew Rankin), Mobius (Sam Kuhn), Roadside Attraction (Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas), The Burden (Niki Lindroth von Bahr), Creme de menthe (Philippe David Gagne and Jean-Marc E. Roy)