How is the Dog (Previously "Shroud")

Deranged by a sudden death in the family, a young woman flees to the countryside with her dog in the hope of establishing an idyllic rural life.

*Please note that this film's working title was "Shroud." The film is now called "How is the Dog"

  • Mick Robertson
    Spaghetti (upcoming), I am in the World as Free and Slender as a Deer on a Plain, Spice It Up
  • Mick Robertson
  • Margaret Rose
    Drawing Circles (Upcoming), Notes on a Performance
  • Daniel Roher
    Navalny, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band
  • Margaret Rose
    Key Cast
  • Marjorie Campbell
    Key Cast
  • Nikolay Michaylov
    Director of Photography
    Anne at 13000ft, Fail to Appear, How Heavy This Hammer, Every Day's Like This, Bad Omen, Flood
  • Kenneth Collins
  • Nikki Watson
    Production and Costume Designer
  • Eliza Niemi
  • Isabel Mortimer
    Production Manager
  • Margaret Rose
    Additional Writing
  • Isabel Mortimer
    Assistant Director
  • Momo Daud
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Jennifer Law-Smith
    2nd Assistant Camera
  • Khanh Tudo
    Grip and Electrics
  • Satrio Prehasto
    Grip and Electrics
  • Bronte Brazier
    Hair and Makeup
  • Isaac Roberts
    Special Effects
  • Martha Robertson
    Animal Handler
  • Frosina Pejcinovska
    Acting Coach
  • Jonah Blaser
    Sound Recordist, Designer and Mixer
  • James Graham
  • Clea Christakos-Gee
    Stills Photographer
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    12 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 11, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    11,500 USD
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Director Biography - Mick Robertson

Mick Robertson is an emerging Irish-Canadian actress, writer and filmmaker. She made her debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2019 when she appeared in Sofia Banzhaf’s "I Am in the World as Free and Slender as a Deer on a Plain", which was named one of the 6 best Canadian films at TIFF ‘19 by Maclean’s Magazine and was named one of TIFF’s Top Ten Canadian short films of that year. As an actor, she has appeared in theatre and onscreen, in projects such as "Spice it Up" and "Concord Floral", for which she was included in Now Magazine’s 10 Stage Artists to Watch, 2016. Most recently, she dove into the non-narrative world, working on such projects as "Navalny", "Veracity" (CityTV) and an upcoming CBC short documentary. Mick is passionate about independent filmmaking, especially in crafting precise portraits with her producer and collaborator Margaret Rose.

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Director Statement

Shroud is a pastoral horror, deeply personal to me. It is a series of portraits exploring the deranged nature of bereavement, and its long-lasting effects. The horror of the film comes from the question at its core; what if, overcome with grief, you do something you live to regret? Based on a poem written by my Father at the age that I am now, Shroud is the story of a Mother and Daughter grappling with the loss of a Husband and Father.