MERCY FEATURE FILM – CAST MEMBERS
Finn is a soft spoken farm boy who chooses his words carefully, but has a quiet intensity about him. After hitting a deer with his truck, Finn chooses to put it out of its misery only to be slapped with a hefty fine that he cannot pay (for shooting a deer out of hunting season and for firing a weapon in a Provincial Park), and lands himself in jail. Here he meets Officer Brocke and several diverse inmates that will ultimately change his life forever.
M has an intense air about him. Although not considered big for his size, he is in good shape and relatively fit, but this alone does not keep problematic inmates at bay, rather it is something deep inside that only surfaces when it needs to. Becoming over-protective of his new interest ‘Finn’, causes an uncertainty between the two that gradually gets out of hand.
Henry has been locked up a long time. You can see the emotion has been drained from his eyes. Although his time is spent, he tries to hold on to whatever hope is left within by passing on his love for the written word by holding weekly writing classes for anyone whose interested. Much to his satisfaction, Finn and M become two of his regular attendees.
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT VOICE
(speaks for itself)
Tony spends most his days ruling the roost where inmates leave him be. Serving time for murder and not expecting to get out in the near future, he spies up Finn (being the unsuspecting new guy) in hopes of having a little fun to pass the time only to be met with defiance which leads to severe consequences.
Finn’s father is wheelchair bound and suffering from an unnamed illness. Harshly raising Finn under constant criticism, he ends up disowning Finn due to the devastation he feels, thinking that Finn ending up in prison will leave him to die on his own with noone to look after him or take care of things after he passes.
Sacha, an inmate just doing his time offends Miguel in a counselling session.
The Cafeteria Guard despite his small stature has an uncanny ability to make inmates feel uncomfortable and proves his tenacity when taking Finn down to the ground.
John is an inmate who decides to call Finn out on a rumour.
FIRST NATION’S MAN
The First Nation’s Man is the metaphorical key. A representative that continues to appear in Finn’s dreams shows Finn symbolic messages that are meant to lead him to his destiny. The connection between the death of the deer and Finn’s relationship with M is relayed during the First Nation’s grand song and dance.
GUITAR PLAYING INMATE
George just sleeps.