Sleeping Giant (film)

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Sleeping Giant
Sleeping Giant (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byAndrew Cividino
Produced byKaren Harnsch
Marc Swenker
James Vandewater
Aaron Yeger
Andrew Cividino
Written byAndrew Cividino
StarringJackson Martin
Reece Moffett
Nick Serino
Music byChris Thornborrow
CinematographyJames Klopko
Edited byJames Vandewater
Film Forge Productions
Hawkeye Pictures
Distributed bySeville International
D Films
Release date
  • 14 May 2015 (2015-05-14) (Cannes)

Sleeping Giant is a 2015 Canadian drama film written and directed by Andrew Cividino. It premiered in the International Critics' Week section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and subsequently screened at festivals around the world, garnering critical acclaim.[1]


The film stars Jackson Martin, Reece Moffett and Nick Serino as Adam, Nate and Riley, three young boys spending the summer together in Thunder Bay, Ontario.[2] It is an expansion of a short film, of the same title, that Cividino made in 2013.[2] The original short film version was a Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Live Action Short Drama at the 3rd Canadian Screen Awards. The film is named after the Sleeping Giant cliffs in Ontario.


  • Jackson Martin as Adam
  • Nick Serino as Nate
  • Reece Moffett as Riley
  • David Disher as William

Critical reception[edit]

Guy Lodge wrote for Variety that the film is an "accomplished debut".[3] TIFF praised the film, writing that it provides "a whip-smart look at the emotional extremes of adolescence and their tragic potential, and is one of the most finely observed debuts to come from Canada in recent memory."[4]

The film currently holds a 7.1/10 on Metacritic[5] and a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film won the award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival[7] and also won the Vancouver International Film Festival award for Best Canadian Film.[8] In December, the film was announced as part of TIFF's annual Canada's Top Ten screening series of the ten best Canadian films of the year.[9]

At the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016, the film received four nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Cividino), Best Supporting Actor (Serino) and Best Editing (James Vandewater). Serino won the award for Best Supporting Actor.


  1. ^ "Selection of the 54th International Critics' Week". Semaine de la Critique. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Cannes 2015: Andrew Cividino debuts with Thunder Bay-shot Sleeping Giant". National Post, 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ Lodge, Guy. "Cannes Film Review: 'Sleeping Giant'". Variety. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  4. ^ Festival, Toronto International Film. " | Sleeping Giant". TIFF. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  5. ^ Sleeping Giant, retrieved 23 July 2016
  6. ^ Sleeping Giant, retrieved 23 July 2016
  7. ^ "‘Room’ Wins Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award". Variety, 20 September 2015.
  8. ^ "VIFF Announces BC Spotlight and Canadian Images Awards" (Press release). Vancouver International Film Festival. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  9. ^ "TIFF reveals Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival line-up". The Globe and Mail, 8 December 2015.

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