Dinette

In 1948, two women meet at a diner. One of them has a secret. The other one knows it.

Creative team

Writer: Gwynne Phillips
Directors: Gwynne Phillips, Christopher Lazar
Producers: Gwynne Phillips, Briana Templeton

Filmmakers’ statement

This film is the fourth collaboration between historically-inspired sketch duo The Templeton Philharmonic (Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton) and director Christopher Lazar.

Having produced mostly comedic short films, Gwynne wrote Dinette as an experiment to see what would happen if two femme fatales confronted each other in a dramatic 1940’s tête-à-tête. Dinette had its premiere at the Canadian Film Festival in Toronto.

About Gwynne Phillips

Gwynne Phillips

Gwynne Phillips is a Toronto-based actor, writer and director best known for her work with sketch duo The Templeton Philharmonic who have won numerous awards across Canada and the US. including best comedy duo at the LA Comedy Festival.

She has appeared in multiple national commercials and several television shows including HBO’s Sensitive Skin starring Kim Cattrall, The Comedy Network’s The Beaverton and PBS’s Emmy-winning series Odd Squad.

Her original short film, The Break In, was shortlisted for the Jameson First Shot screenwriting competition in 2015. Gwynne was a contributing writer for CBC’s The Irrelevant Show and is the co-creator of Womanish on CBC Comedy.

About Christopher Lazar

Christopher Lazar

Chris has cultivated a diverse body of work that explores mediums and genres of all forms including commercials, music videos, web series, short films and documentaries. His work has been broadcast on CBC, Much Music, CMT, Bravo, Funny or Die, YouTube, Vimeo and iTunes.

In January 2014, Chris released his first feature-length documentary Urbnet Live, featuring Canadian hip-hop artists Moka Only, D-Sisive, DL Incognito, Kae Sun, Wordburglar, Elaquent and Animal Nation.

Later that year, Chris began production on Rude Canadians, a documentary about stand-up comedy and the legal borders imposed on free speech in Canada. As a result, Chris’s approach to storytelling has been shaped by the drama and excitement that reality-based content has to offer.

Not to be confined by any genre, Chris’s goal is to engage audiences with real emotional experiences in every market from web-based media, advertising and music videos, to documentaries, television and feature films.

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