Never Steady, Never Still

Kathleen HepburnCanada111 minutes201714AColourEnglish

Jan 16
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Intro and Q&A with director Kathleen Hepburn

The highly anticipated feature debut from Kathleen Hepburn, one of Canada's most promising young filmmakers, is a devastating examination of the costs of long-term illness. Shirley Henderson delivers a fearless, deeply moving performance as Judy, a woman who has battled Parkinson's disease nearly all her married life. As the illness exacts its toll, her husband, Eddie (Nicholas Campbell), struggles to care for her — and pushes their son Jamie (2017 TIFF Rising Star Théodore Pellerin) into adulthood, demanding he take a job far from home. Propelled by an acute empathy, Never Steady, Never Still boasts some of the most touching scenes you will see all year (Judy's recollection of Eddie's marriage proposal is a particular standout). Hepburn's compassion shines even in the ancillary characters: pregnant teenage shop clerk Kaly is the soul of generosity, beautifully played by Pellerin's fellow TIFF Rising Star Mary Galloway.


Attendu avec impatience, le premier long métrage de Kathleen Hepburn, l'une des jeunes cinéastes canadiennes les plus prometteuses, est une exploration déchirante des coûts reliés aux maladies à long terme. Shirley Henderson livre une performance courageuse et profondément émouvante dans le rôle de Judy, qui est aux prises avec la maladie de Parkinson depuis presque toute sa vie de femme mariée. Alors que la maladie a de plus en plus lourdes conséquences, son mari Eddie (Nicholas Campbell) a du mal à s'occuper d'elle — et pousse leur fils Jamie (Théodore Pellerin, sacré étoile montante du TIFF en 2017) à devenir un adulte en exigeant qu'il accepte un emploi loin de la maison. Empreint d'une grande empathie, Never Steady, Never Still inclut certaines des scènes les plus touchantes que vous verrez cette année (Judy se rappelant la demande en mariage d'Eddie, entre autres moments particulièrement forts). La compassion de Hepburn est évidente même dans les personnages secondaires. Par exemple, la caissière Kaly, une adolescente enceinte qui incarne la générosité, est merveilleusement jouée par Mary Galloway, nommée étoile montante du TIFF aux côtés de Pellerin.

Kathleen Hepburn

Kathleen Hepburn is a Vancouver-born filmmaker who holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. After graduating from the Canadian Film Centre's prestigious Writer's Lab in 2014, she went on to write and direct her debut short, Never Steady, Never Still (15), which was selected as one of Canada's Top Ten Shorts. Never Steady, Never Still (17) — an expansion of that earlier short of the same name — marks Hepburn's first feature effort.

Additional Credits

Kathleen Hepburn
Production Company
Experimental Forest Films, Christie Street Creative
Executive Producer
Carol Whiteman, Kathleen Hepburn, Lori Lozinski
Tyler Hagan, James Brown
Kathleen Hepburn
Norm Li
Simone Smith
Production Designer
Elizabeth Cairns, Sophie Jarvis
Oscar Vargas, Matt Drake
Original Score
Ben Fox
Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Nicholas Campbell, Mary Galloway, Lorne Cardinal, Jared Abrahamson, Jonathan Whitesell
Primary Publicity
Level K
International Sales Agent
Level K
Canadian Distributor
Thunderbird Releasing