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Despite Its Ambitions, Psychological Thriller ‘Lavender’ With Abbie Cornish Fails To Deliver [Review]

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“If you did bad things but don’t remember, are they still part of who you are?” That’s the central question troubling Jane (Abbie Cornish), a woman who, after years of repressed memories, begins to wonder what role she played in the massacre that resulted in the death of three of her family members.

Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II“) opens “Lavender” with an ambitiously shot scene.

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'Lavender': Film Review

'Lavender': Film Review
Characters in horror films would be well advised to heed a couple of simple rules: Repressed memories should by all means stay repressed. And whatever you do, avoid walking through mazes.

Unfortunately, such advice would be lost on Jane (Abbie Cornish), the heroine of Lavender, the latest effort by director Ed Gass-Donnelly (Small Town Murder, The Last Exorcism: Part II). A photographer who specializes in shooting rundown, abandoned farmhouses (not hard to see where this is going), Jane finds her life upended after a serious auto accident that leaves her with memory loss.

Prodded by an eager hospital psychiatrist...
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Win an iTunes Copy of Psychological Thriller Lavender!

Want an iTunes code for director Ed Gass-Donnelly's new psychological thriller Lavender starring Dermot Mulroney, Abbie Cornish and Justin Long? Of course you do!!

Lavender sees release today, March 3, 2017.

To enter, simply send us an email (editors @ quietearth.us delete spaces) with the subject line: "Lavender Contest".

The contest is open until Sunday March 5. Winners will be randomly selected from all valid entries and contacted.

Synopsis:

When a photographer (Abbie Cornish) suffers severe memory loss after a traumatic accident, strange clues amongst her photos suggest she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had. Justin Long plays a psychiatrist who helps her recover lost memories.

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Contest: Win a Free iTunes Download of Lavender

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Memory loss leads to mind-bending moments in Ed Gass-Donnelly's Lavender, and to commemorate the film's theatrical, VOD, and Digital HD release from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Media Group, we've been provided with three iTunes download codes to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) free iTunes download code for Lavender.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Lavender Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on Monday, 6th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Please note that the iTunes download codes expire on March 31st.

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"Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) who co-wrote the film with
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Q&A with Lavender Director Ed Gass-Donnelly

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Out today in theaters, VOD, and Digital HD from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Media Group is the supernatural thriller Lavender, and we caught up with co-writer / director Ed Gass-Donnelly for our latest Q&A feature to discuss the making of his new horror film.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Ed. How did you initially get involved with Lavender, and what attracted you to telling this story that you also co-wrote?

Ed Gass-Donnelly: My co-writer, Colin, brought me a draft years ago that I optioned and we developed together. It was one of those projects that had to spend a lot of time in a drawer before we could figure out exactly what it needed to become. I’ve always been attracted to the idea of ghosts being memories frozen in time, that a psychological haunting can be just as terrifying as a supernatural one.
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Win an iTunes Code For Abbie Cornish Thriller Lavender

Hey U.S. readers. ScreenAnarchy is giving away iTunes codes for the thriller Lavender. Ed Gass-Donnelly's film is now available on digital and VOD, as well as in cinemas, today, March 3rd.    When a photographer (Abbie Cornish) suffers severe memory loss after a traumatic accident, strange clues amongst her photos suggest she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had. Justin Long plays a psychiatrist who helps her recover lost memories.   To enter is simple. One, be a resident of the U.S. (these codes are for U.S. iTunes only). Two, answer our skill testing question below. Three, e-mail us your answer promptly because the codes go live on Friday and will be valid for 28 days, so we...

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Lavender Director on Storytelling, Creative Control & What Happened on The Last Exorcism Sequel [Interview]

Ed Gass-Donnelly left a huge impression on me a few years ago with the release of Small Town Murder Songs (review), a little Canadian thriller with Peter Stormare in a rare leading role.

The movie garnered Gass-Donnelly a lot of attention including being named one of Variety's "10 Directors to Watch" in 2011 which lead Gass-Donnelly to head to Hollywood to direct The Last Exorcism Part II. That movie turned out to be a disaster but Gass-Donnelly has persisted, taking it as a learning experience and continuing to make movies on his own terms.

His latest, a thriller called Lavender, stars Abbie Cornish as a photographer who, after a car acc [Continued ...]
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Lavender: See The Abbie Cornish Thriller Out Starting This February

Lavender, the thriler by Ed Gass-Donnelly, starring Abbie Cornish, will be coming to homes via Dish on February 3rd then cinemas and VOD one month later on March 3rd. We have a collection of stills and the trailer to share with you today. Find out more about Lavender in the press release below. Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group will partner on the domestic release for the anticipated thriller, “Lavender.” Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) who co-wrote the film with Colin Frizzell (“Resident Evil: Apocalypse”), the film stars Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Diego Klattenhoff (TV’s “The Blacklist”), Justin Long (“Live Free or Die Hard”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”). In “Lavender,” when a photographer (Abbie Cornish) suffers...

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Buys ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy,’ Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up ‘Lavender’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Buys ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy,’ Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up ‘Lavender’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Gravitas Ventures has secured the worldwide rights to “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” the debut film from writer-director Jeff Grace. The comedy follows a successful singer-songwriter who helps his friend’s struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour. “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and stars Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, Heather Morris, Michael Ian Black and David Cross.

“It was impossible to resist the witty and memorable characters in Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement. “It’s a laugh-out-loud bromance that we know will resonate with audiences near and far.
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Horror Highlights: Lavender Trailer, Garden Party Massacre, Eerie Archives Volume 23 Hardcover

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Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group have teamed up for the Us release of Lavender, directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly and co-written by Colin Frizzell. The film will have its initial premiere on Dish on February 3rd, but you check out the trailer for the film in today’s Highlights. Following right behind, we also have a trailer for Garden Party Massacre as well as preview pages from Dark Horse Comics’ Eerie Volume 23 hardcover for you to enjoy.

Watch the Latest Trailer for Lavender: Press Release: “Los Angeles (Jan. 26, 2017) – Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group will partner on the domestic release for the anticipated thriller, “Lavender.” Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) who co-wrote the film with Colin Frizzell (“Resident Evil: Apocalypse”), the film stars Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Diego Klattenhoff (TV’s “The Blacklist”), Justin Long (“Live Free or Die Hard”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend
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Abbie Cornish Thriller ‘Lavender’ Goes to Samuel Goldwyn, Ambi Group

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Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group will team up on the domestic release of the Abbie Cornish thriller “Lavender,” the companies announced Thursday. The companies plan to release the film exclusively on Dish on February 3, 2017 one month before it hits theaters and VOD on March 3. Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) directed the movie, which he also co-wrote with Colin Frizzell (“Resident Evil: Apocalypse”). Also Read: Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up Idris Elba's '100 Streets' Cornish stars as a photographer who suffers severe memory loss after a traumatic accident, and strange clues in her photos suggest she may be.
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Samuel Goldwyn Films, Ambi Group acquire 'Lavender'

Samuel Goldwyn Films, Ambi Group acquire 'Lavender'
Mystery stars Abbie Cornish as photographer with memory loss

Samuel Goldwyn and Ambi will partner on the Us release of the mystery directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly.

The companies have set an exclusive February 3 release on Dish followed by theatrical and VOD on March 3. Ambi Distribution handles international sales.

Lavender received its world premiere Tribeca last year and is the second collaboration between the companies, which will release Simon Aboud’s This Beautiful Fantastic on March 10.

Dave Valleau and Gass-Donnelly produced, with Ambi’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi serving as executive producers alongside Tex Antonucci, Emily Alden and Jennifer Levine.

Cornish, Justin Long, Diego Klattenhoff and Dermot Mulroney star in the story of a photographer with memory loss who finds clues among her work suggesting she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had.

Abbie Cornish provides a stellar performance in this psychological thriller,” Samuel Goldwyn Films executive
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Hallucinatory Thriller ‘Lavender’ Gets a Domestic Release Date

Hallucinatory Thriller ‘Lavender’ Gets a Domestic Release Date
What if the past you remember is a lie? Ed Gass-Donnelly’s psychological thriller Lavender was one of the most anticipated films at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and today we’re happy to report that it’s been scooped up for domestic release. Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group will partner on the release; it’s headed exclusively […]
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‘Lavender’ Thriller To Bow Via Samuel Goldwyn & Ambi Group

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Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group will partner on the domestic release of Lavender, the Ed Gass-Donnelly thriller starring Abbie Cornish that bowed last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. The pic will bow exclusively on Dish Network on February 3, 2017, one month before a March 3 theatrical and VOD bow. The movie penned by Gass-Donnelly and Colin Frizzell centers on a photographer (Cornish) who suffers severe memory loss after a traumatic accident, and strange clues…
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Samuel Goldwyn, Ambi Partner for Psychological Thriller 'Lavender'

Samuel Goldwyn, Ambi Partner for Psychological Thriller 'Lavender'
Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Group are partnering for the domestic release of Lavender.

The psychological thriller stars Abbie Cornish as a photographer who suffers from memory loss and begins to uncover clues that suggest she may be responsible for the deaths of extended family members who were unknown to her. Justin Long and Dermot Mulroney also star. 

Lavender was directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly, from a script he co-wrote with Colin Frizzell. Dave Valleau and Gass-Donnelly produced the film. Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Tex Antonucci, Emily Alden and Jennifer Levine exec produced.

Samuel Goldwyn and Ambi will release Lavender exclusively on Dish...
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Abbie Cornish Fights Memory Loss in Canadian Thriller Lavender [Trailer]

Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly arrived on the scene in 2010 with the outstanding Small Town Murder Songs (review). It wasn't his first film but by that point, it was clear that he was ready for the next big step.

That seemed to come with The Last Exorcism Part II except that movie failed to deliver anything of interest so Gass-Donnelly packed it up and headed back North and in the last few years, has co-directed a short film and released another movie, one that looks to be more in line with the talent on display in Small Town Murder Songs.

Lavender stars Abbie Cornish as Jane, a woman who loses her memory after an accident. [Continued ...]
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Pacific Northwest Pictures acquires 'David Lynch: The Art Life'

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Exclusive: The Vancouver-based distributor has picked up all Canadian rights to the documentary by Rick Barnes, Jon Nguyen, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm.

Pacific Northwest Pictures (Pnp) plans a spring release for the film, which chronicles the artist and filmmaker’s life from his roots in small town America.

David Lynch: The Art Life infuses Lynch’s own art, music and early films to reveal the creative forces that drove him from an early age.

The film premiered in Venice last September and will open in the Us theatrically in spring through Janus Films and proceed to the small screen in the summer via Amazon Studios and Criterion Collection.

Pnp negotiated the Canadian deal with Fabien Westerhoff’s Film Constellation.

The distributor’s slate includes Ed Gass-Donnelly’s Lavender starring Abbie Cornish, A Perfect Day starring Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins, Julie Delpy’s French rom-com Lolo, and The Legend Of Barney Thomson starring Robert Carlyle, [link
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First Teaser Trailer for Horror Film 'Lavender' Starring Abbie Cornish

"Tag, you're it." "Let's play." The first short teaser trailer has debuted for a horror film called Lavender, the latest from Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly (of Small Town Murder Song and The Last Exorcism Part II previously). The film stars Abbie Cornish as a woman who begins to see unexplained supernatural things around her home after losing her memory. Not the most original concept for a horror, but as always we hope there's something unique about these kind of indie films. The cast includes Diego Klattenhoff, Justin Long and Dermot Mulroney. If you're interested in any way, take a look - it's a very short teaser. Here's the first teaser trailer (+ poster) for Ed Gass-Donnelly's Lavender, on YouTube (via Quiet Earth): The past won't forget... After losing her memory, a woman (Abbie Cornish) begins to see unexplained things after her psychiatrist suggests she visit her childhood home. Lavender
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First Look at Ed Gass-Donnelly's Latest Horror Lavender [Trailer]

I fell hard for director Ed Gass-Donnelly after seeing his sophomore feature Small Town Murder Songs (review). Gass-Donnelly didn't quite manage to meet the high bar set for himself with the pedestrian and completely forgettable The Last Exorcism Part II but it looks like he's back on track with his latest.

Lavender stars Abbie Cornish as Jane, a woman who loses her memory after a car accident. Her doctor recommends she return to her childhood home in an effort to jog her memory but the trip brings back childhood memories she'd rather forget.

Admittedly it's not a new concept but Cornish is a great actress and Gass-Donnell [Continued ...]
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2016 Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Abbie Cornish and Ed Gass-Donnelly Talk Lavender (Exclusive)

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Abbie Cornish and Ed Gass-Donnelly Talk Lavender (Exclusive)
Uncovering the true horrors of a person’s mind, particularly after they determinedly bury their most daunting memories in order to heal, can be a truly traumatizing experience for anyone. The sudden and unexpected remembrance of a terrifying and deeply unsettling past can at times become even more agonizing as the situation itself. Co-writer-director Ed Gass-Donnelly’s new tense psychological thriller, ‘Lavender,’ alluringly shows how even with the power of the subconscious to forget past pain, that previous stress can still haunt people in the present. ‘Lavender’ follows Jane (Abbie Cornish), a photographer who has captured the images of old and abandoned farmhouses for as long as she can remember. Jane’s former [ Read More ]

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