At the age of four, Jennifer Allanson decided she would be an actor, and stubbornly never looked back. Starting in community theatre, Jen eventually transitioned to the film world in 2012 with roles in short films like Divorce and the Ottawa International Film Festival hit Haiku. Most recently she accepted the award for Best Picture at the 2013 Digi60 Film Festival for producing and starring in Puritans.
Excited to add “writer” to her resume, Jen wrote her first feature film Hens Night, a project she also produced and starred in. With Hens Night now complete she moved on to several new projects including the Christmas anthology film Unholy Night and a untitled web series.
Edith Landreville was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. She gravitated towards acting and improv at a young age in roles like Mme. Thénardier in Les Misérables, Anne in Anne of Green Gables and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel.
In 2011, she produced and played the role of a mentally challenged prostitute in Judith Thompson’s, The Crackwalker which showed at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles, California. Other than her interest in acting, Edith has written Digital Relief, a comedic short film which she produced and starred in and has also co-written Cottage Deep a feature film which she plans to act in and co-produce, when she has the money.
Over the past couple of years Edith has portrayed various roles in numerous features and short film projects. Edith has always gravitated towards challenging character roles and as such, her role as Laura in Hens Night proved to be perfectly suited. She is currently involved in a feature film anthology project and is also writing a biopic based loosely on her life.
Candice Lidstone hails from a small town in Northern New Brunswick where she spent much of her time trying to outshine her twin brother. She brought her flare for the dramatics to the stage at a young age appearing in productions such as The Caged Birds, Mad Forest and The Trial. Having transitioned to film, Candice continues to pursue her craft in both comedic and dramatic productions having starred in several feature film parodies including Homicycle and Raiders of the Lost Shark and various short films, commercials and corporate videos. When Candice saw the casting call for the role of “Kim” in Hens Night, she knew this role was hers to lose.
Fiona has appeared in numerous films and plays. She has performed on stage in "Permanent Smile", "Dead Man on My Couch", "Thicker Than Blood", and "Divinity". On-screen she has acted in several films including playing the lead in feature length film "Me, My Mom, and a Whistle". Fiona is also a singer-songwriter for the Fiona Noakes Band. She has also written, produced, and directed "Games Night" and directed the play "The Second Coming of Nietzsche's Madman".
Emily Shanley was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Emily was introduced into the entertainment business as a model and transitioned well into the acting part of the entertainment world. She has been in over 30 independent films and was recently given an honourable mention at an Ottawa film festival for best acting. She is a versatile actor that is able to play any part that is given to her.
Sam is a Canadian actor and writer that has appeared both on stage and on screen (as well as behind the scenes) for the past couple decades. He is currently working on a number of projects and hopes to start production on a TV series he has created within the next year. Sam brings a genuine terror and intensity to Hens Night.
Hens Night is Mike Tarp’s second feature film after starring in The Last Outlaw for Lionsgate. Since production wrapped Mike began working on projects for both Lifetime Television and Netflix. He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia and is represented by Universal Talent Management.