Two Beach area actors have roles in the movie Foxfire, which will make its debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). They are Raven Adamson and Claire Mazerolle.
Foxfire is a remake of a 1996 film of the same name, which helped launch the career of Angelina Jolie. Based on a novel by Joyce Carole Oates, Foxfire tells the story of a group of teenage girls in the 1950s who, after beating up a teacher who has been sexually harassing them, decide to form their own gang and buck society’s expectations.
Adamson plays Margaret ‘Legs’ Sadovsky, a strong, incredibly honest young woman (Jolie’s character in the original).
“Playing the role of Legs was not only a fantastic opportunity, but an exciting challenge,” Adamson said. “I felt a huge responsibility to portray her true to the book…There are traits Legs has that I aspire to have, so I felt compelled to take on the role.”
The young actor recently graduated from Wexford Collegiate School of Arts, where she studied drama. She and several of her classmates were invited to participate in what they thought was an acting workshop, but what was really an audition for the film.
“One of the best parts of the whole process of making the movie was working in collaboration with such artistic and passionate people,” Adamson recalled. “And working with Laurent Cantet (the director) was such an incredible learning experience!”
Mazerolle was also attending Wexford studying Theatre when she was invited to participate in the same workshop/audition. Foxfire director Cantet was looking for fresh faces, and Mazerolle was one of five local actors chosen for parts in the film.
“Foxfire has been the best experience of my life,” Mazerolle said. “It’s been something I’ve always wanted to do… I learned so much about the film industry, and hope to get more work.”
Mazerolle plays the part of Goldie, one of the tough girls in the gang.
“The film is being released at TIFF and I can’t believe it,” she said. “We haven’t even seen the film yet, and I’m a bundle of nerves,” she said.