Monster is a short film by Deerbear Films, a Canadian production company, which was released in 2012. As it states on IMDB, it is “a fable set in a pastoral post-apocalyptic time” and is centred on a girl who “draws the winning lot to feed a terrifying hungry monster waiting in the forest”. I stumbled onto this film via an image on Pinterest (similar to the screenshot below). For what is obviously a very low-budget film, I found it quite entertaining. It is beautifully shot and the costume design is excellent. It also has an interesting story, which held my attention all the way to the end. I’m not familiar with Jodelle Ferland, the young Canadian actress who plays Hannah (the heroine of Monster), but I thought her acting was of a very high standard. Monster is available to watch on Deerbear’s Vimeo page, so if you have a spare ten minutes, I certainly recommend giving it a shot!
Here’s another Heroine Headshot. This time, it’s Félicie Le Bras, the heroine from Ballerina (AKA Leap), a 2016 French-Canadian 3D animated film. Ballerina is a tale about a Victorian-era orphan who goes to Paris in an attempt to fulfil her dream of joining the prestigious Paris Opera as a dancer. I’ve been aware of Ballerina for quite a while, and I thought it looked like a fun film, but when I finally saw it for the first time a few days ago, I was quite impressed. It’s a beautifully animated film, and its art style and humour reminded me quite a lot of bande dessinées (i.e. Franco-Belgian comics, such as Asterix), which I’ve always been a fan of. It does have a few modern pop songs in it, which I found a bit jarring, but that is my one and only gripe. Overall, I thought it was a great film, and Félicie, who is a bundle of cheerful energy, is simply adorable.😊
Note: there seems to be a bit of confusion about Félicie’s family name, but since she is a French character, I chose to refer to her by the name she is given in the French version.
Deet (or to give her full name, Deethra) is one of two main heroines in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (a TV show produced by Netflix which serves as a prequel to The Dark Crystal, a film from 1982). She is one of many small, elf-like creatures (with wings, in the case of females) that appear in Age of Resistance. Her lovely voice is provided by Nathalie Emmanuel and her cute puppet is operated by Beccy Henderson.