There’s a Lot of Noise Being Made About “Silent Retreat”

5/30/14 – Toronto, Canada


Fresh from its award winning premiere at The Toronto After Dark Festival, Silent Retreat directed by Tricia Lee will have a theatrical run at The Carlton Cinema in Toronto and The Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, opening Friday, June 13th.

With Silent Retreat, director Tricia Lee is fast proving that horror is no longer just for the guys. Described by Rue Morgue as a film that “beautifully blends supernatural horror with the terrors of the real world”, Silent Retreat tells the story of Janey, a troubled youth sent to a silent meditation retreat in the middle of the woods in order to avoid jail time. She discovers that the intimidating
Doctor, who runs the retreat, is brainwashing the girls to be subservient women. If Janey doesn’t follow his rules, she’ll discover what lurks beyond the trees, and what happens to those who don’t embrace the silence.


At its heart, the movie is about women finding their voice and refusing to be silent, a theme that resonated deeply for Tricia. While horror has seen a remarkable influx of strong female voices in the last decade (including Canada’s own Soska Sisters – American Mary), it is still a male dominated world. For Tricia, it was time to add her own spin to the genre – strong female characters and emotionally resonant themes, with classic horror imagery, and a baroque melodramatic flair. It was Lee’s fierce determination to make her voice heard at any cost that allowed her to bring together an incredibly committed cast and crew.

Lead by Chelsea Jenish and Sofia Banzhaf, both talented actresses making their feature film debuts, Silent Retreat brings together some of Toronto’s best actors. Horror vet, Robert Nolan, who has appeared in many critically acclaimed films (Mourning Has Broken, Familiar) uses his extensive genre experience to give the movie its most menacing performance.

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