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  • Director

    Shelagh McLeod

  • Starring

    Richard Dreyfuss, Lyriq Bent, Colm Feore, Krista Bridges

  • Run Time

    90 mins

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  • Director of Photography: Scott McClellan

  • Editor: Tiffany Beaudin

  • Produced by: Jessica Adams, Sean Buckley

  • Music: Virginia Kilbertus

  • Screenplay by: Shelagh McLeod

  • Production Designer: Helen Kotsonis

Director Bio

Shelagh McLeod

P&I - Director Bio

Shelagh McLeod is an established actor turned award-winning writer and director. Her film Astronaut, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Colm Feore, opens in theatres summer 2019. Shelagh was named one of six Canadian directors to watch by The Hollywood Reporter. Her next project, Nexus, was selected for the Meryl Streep / Nicole Kidman Writer's Lab and was shortlisted for the Sundance Writing Lab.




Richard Dreyfuss is excellent in this moving and enthralling new drama from writer-director Shelagh McLeod. Dreyfuss stars as Angus, a lonely widower whose long-held dream of becoming an astronaut is reignited when a nationwide competition is announced to win a trip to space with an independent space agency. Angus struggles against prejudice towards his age and increasing ill health, and with the help of his dysfunctional family his dream gets closer and closer to becoming reality. [12A]

Astronaut is nominated for the 2019 EIFF Audience Award.  

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