Come Back

A young woman struggles to find closure after the sudden death of a beloved friend.

Creative team

Writer/director: Hannah Anderson
Director/producer: Aidan Shipley
Producers: Natalie Novak, Brett Donahue, Hannah Anderson

Filmmaker’s statement

Come Back is my personal homage to the late Kent Nolan who died suddenly at the age of 24. He was a dear friend, incredible artist and the most generous, fearless and positive soul I’ve known.

For so many, death is the greatest fear. The single most prevailing force motivating our lives. It lurks under our conversations and lingers in the darker corners of our private thoughts. But rarely do we actually discuss it. Rather than a commonality that binds us all together, death makes us isolated, distant and lonely.

Our film is centered around a recurring dream I had for about a year after Kent’s death. He would be walking away from me. I would try to catch up to him but I couldn’t reach him. On those rare occasions that I could, I would hold onto him tightly and say “we don’t have much time.” It felt so real. I could see him and touch him and even smell him. And then suddenly I would wake up and the pain and realization of his loss would hit me all over again.

I sought advice and therapy, thinking it might help me let go. But it just made me cling on harder. I realize now that those dreams, no matter how painful, were absolutely essential in my own healing process. I was slowly learning how to say goodbye.

There’s a strange impatience that comes when someone dies, a pressure to move on quickly and quietly. Why do we put a time limit on our grief and declare it inappropriate and unhealthy if it can actually make us feel better? What’s the rush to pack it away?

Come Back is a story about that intersection between resolution and grief and dares us NOT to put grief behind us but to grieve until we’re done. Even if we never are.

About Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson

Hannah has been acting professionally since graduating from a three-year theatre conservatory program at George Brown College. Born and bred in the prairies, she now proudly calls Toronto home.

Film/TV credits include: LA Complex (Epitome Pictures), Saving Hope (Thump Inc/E1), Nikita (CW/Warner Bros.), Republic of Doyle (CBC), Lizzie Borden Took an Axe (Sony/Lifetime), Played (Muse Entertainment), Remedy (Global), Reign (CW), Lost Girl (Showcase, SyFy), Killjoys (Temple St. Prod.), Love of My Life (Paragraph Pictures Inc.), Shoot The Messenger (CBC), Gangland Undercover (Cineflix), Girls Night Out (Incendo), What Keeps You Alive (Digital Interference), Jigsaw (Lionsgate), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Marvel), and a number of indie short films.

Hannah is also a writer, producer and director. Her second short film, Five Things, co-directed with Abigail Winter, is set for a 2018 festival release.

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