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Published July 31st 2017
The bitter sweet life where love and art collide
Maudie, Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Aisling Walsh, Sherry White, Transmission Films, Nova Carlton, Toronto International Film Festival
'Maudie' 24 August release by Transmission Films


Maudie is a beautiful and heartbreaking film about Canadian artist Maud Lewis directed by Aisling Walsh, which opens nationally on 24 August 2017.

Maudie, Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Aisling Walsh, Sherry White, Transmission Films, Nova Carlton, Toronto International Film Festival
'Maudie' - the life of artist Maud Lewis


Written by Sherry White, the story follows a young Maudie (Sally Hawkins) who was born with a disability and her life with her Aunt in a small town in Nova Scotia. Maudie decides to leave her Aunt, and whilst shopping in the local store, overhears a conversation between the shopkeeper and a tall man named Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) he is looking for a housemaid. She pursues the man, seeing this as an opportunity to work but also have a place to live away from the staunch restrictions of her Aunt. What Maudie does not know is that Everett is a well-known recluse, stubborn, angry and raised in the local orphanage.

Maudie, Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Aisling Walsh, Sherry White, Transmission Films, Nova Carlton, Toronto International Film Festival
Ethan Hawke is 'Everett'


Eventually Maudie and Everett develop a relationship, but it is by no means an easy one. They live in a timber shack on the plains of Nova Scotia, which is hot in summer, and freezing with snow in winter. However, Maudie begins to paint the inside of the shack with flowers and birds and bright colours, much to Everett's dislike. Even though Maudie and Everett appear as simple people, their relationship is complex due to their histories and idiosyncrasies however, you could also say they are a perfect match.

Maudie, Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Aisling Walsh, Sherry White, Transmission Films, Nova Carlton, Toronto International Film Festival
Maudie and Everett


Maudie and Everett's life changes when a New York woman stops by the shack and sees Maudie's artwork in the window and asks to buy it. Within months Maudie's artwork is being sold from the shack, features in the New York Times and attracts buyers like President Nixon.

Maudie, Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Aisling Walsh, Sherry White, Transmission Films, Nova Carlton, Toronto International Film Festival


This is a touching film, and at times frustrating, as you may want to rescue Maudie and Everett. However, their stoicism and resilience is remarkable and despite their circumstances, they find joy and share it with the world through art.


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