reviews

Cathlene MacDonald, OFF

"It stays in your thoughts long after the film is over."

One Movie, Our Views

"Thoroughly enjoyable to watch.... James Whittingham is completely engaging in the lead role, and Laura Abramsen does an excellent job of bringing depth to her character, who is nicely developed to have her own arc.  The two of them ground the story with an endearing and completely natural sense of chemistry together, making this an entertaining and heartfelt comedy."

In the Seats

Anthony Marcusa writes, "The Sabbatical succeeds with its restraint, focusing on these two characters as individuals and not simply the caricatures they easily could be. And it sure does stay careful not to exaggerate for the sake of telling a good story. That’s because for all the possibilities that deal with love and loss and expression, The Sabbatical has the strength of its convictions." ***½

Toronto Film Scene
Ada Wong says The Sabbatical is "essential festival viewing" and calls the film "surprisingly memorable."

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The Extra Mile
Stephan Chiaranto says "I loved watching this film and didn’t want it to end....(The Sabbatical) is surprisingly good, will make you laugh and will leave you feeling positively high about what makes life worth living."

Wylie Writes
"A reverse Ghost World...that shatters our expectations...impressive."

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Palm Beach Post
One of the films "worth seeing at the Palm Beach Film Festival." (B+)

eFilmCritic.com
"The Sabbatical (TOP PICK) -- The funniest comedy you will see at Whistler Film Fest this year...Whittingham, again, is a joy to watch on screen; so funny with his deadpan commentary on the world around him, and adding to the wonder is Laura Abramsen (who I called Whistler 2015's "It Girl"...and I stand by it). Light, fun and breezy in its short running time but also with a strong message behind it, THE SABBATICAL is a lot of fun to watch."

GREG KLYMKIW, THE FILM CORNER ***½
"Truly moving. We're treated to one hilarious set piece after another."

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Press

May 12, 2016
OFF.ca
Interview with director Brian stockton
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May 10, 2016
"Regina indie movie The Sabbatical is heading to Cannes Film Festival"
Regina Leader-Post
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May 9, 2016
"Sask. film The Sabbatical to screen at Cannes Film Festival"
CBC.ca
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January 8, 2016
Vancity Buzz
"Interview: Indie flick darling Laura Abramsen makes a splash"
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Dec. 8, 2015
CBC.ca/CBC Radio
The Sabbatical takes critical look at being middle-aged
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Dec. 2, 2015
eFilmCritic.com
Whistler Film Festival: Interview with actor James Whittingham (web)
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Dec. 1, 2015
CTV Morning Live
Video

September 15, 2015
Whistler Film Festival 2015 Unveils First 18 Films
Indiewire

September 10, 2015
Saskatchewan Feature to Premiere at Whistler Film Festival
CBC News

September 10, 2015
Brian Stockton interview on CBC Radio
Listen

August 31, 2015
The Sabbatical, Nestor get Whistler world bows
Playback Magazine

July 29, 2015
Telefilm invests 8.1M across 14 features
Playback Magazine
http://playbackonline.ca/2015/07/29/telefilm-invests-8-1m-across-14-features/

January, 2014
Global TV (Video)
Studio interview with director Brian Stockton and lead actor Laura Abramsen (Lucy) in January, 2014 during the Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign. http://globalnews.ca/video/1110629/the-sabbatical

December, 2013
CBC Radio One (Audio)
CBC Radio One Saskatchewan interview (The Morning Edition with Sheila Coles) with director Brian Stockton and lead actor James Whittingham (James Pittman) from December 30, 2013, half-way through shooting the film and during the crowd-sourcing campaign. https://soundcloud.com/james-whittingham-3/radio-interview-with-brian-and