Award-winning director/screenwriter/ playwright and producer Thom Fitzgerald employes outre` characters to relate unusual tales of real-life events.... a dog catcher in Bucharest, a city overrun with 200,000 stray dogs, traveling pornographers, fitness photographer Bob Mizer and the 1950's wave of fitness magazines, hypertrichosis, a rare genetic disorder also known as the Wolfman Syndrome and a who-dun-it involving a pact with the devil to escape the AIDS epidemic.
Fitzgerald uses this film to paint a full-color portrait of real people - an aging lesbian couple portrayed by Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker - escaping from a nursing home to get married in Canada
His latest story follows Dotty and Stella partners for 31 years who now face separation. After taking a bad fall, Dotty's granddaughter arranges for Dotty to move to a nursing home. Faced with separation, the couple flees to Nova Scotia where they can be legally married. The road is long and rough. Stella experiences self-doubts about her ability to care for Dotty. After 31 years, can they keep their family together?
CLOUDBURST was first produced as a stage play at Plutonium Playhouse in April 2010.
Irish Character actress Brenda Fricker earned her licks with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company. She won an Oscar for her performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" (1989).
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