Small Town Murder Songs

Director Ed Gass-Donnelly
Genre Drama
Runtime 75 minutes
Supplier STMS Films Inc.
Festivals/Awards FIPRESCI Award - Torino International Film Festival 2010
Release Date In theatres on November 27, 2009
DVD/Blu-ray available on September 6, 2011


A modern gothic tale of crime and redemption about Walter (Peter Stormare), an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town, who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.

When a young unidentified woman is found dead by the lake -- the victim of a brutal and violent crime -- Walter and his partner Jim (Aaron Poole) are called to the scene of the town's first murder investigation in decades. A senior OPP officer is called in to lead the investigation, relegating Walter and Jim to menial field work. Yet despite this, Walter comes up hard against the mistrust of his community, who will not let him put a violent incident in his past behind him. Convinced that Rita (Jill Hennessey), his ex-lover, may be lying to the OPP to protect her new boyfriend, Walter's newly reformed life begins to unravel. As Walter tries to find the evidence to make an arrest before Rita is implicated, he struggles to maintain some measure of professional detachment and the new life and new girlfriend (Martha Plimpton) he has worked so hard to preserve.

FIPRESCI Award - Torino International Film Festival 2010

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Cast & Credits

Rita Jill Hennessy
Ava Amy Rutherford
Walter Peter Stormare
Deacon Vladimir Bondarenko
Steve Stephen Eric McIntyre
Sam Martha Plimpton
Jim Aaron Poole

Press & Articles

“Critics' Pick: Violence Close at Hand Shakes a Bucolic Setting” - The New York Times

“Mystery lingers in ‘Small Town Murder Songs’ ” - The Globe and Mail

“In vivid 'Murder Songs,' violence stalks Canadian plains” - The Wall Street Journal

“'Small Town Murder Songs': Doing Justice to the Cop Movie” - The Village Voice

“'Small Town Murder Songs': Carrying a weight that words can’t lift” - The Toronto Star

“'Small Town Murder Songs' Review” - Screen Daily

“Best of the 2011 Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival” - Huffington Post

“Variety taps Canadians among directors to watch” - CBC

“The Canadian crime drama” - The Hollywood Reporter

Small Town Murder Songs

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