Still The Water is a dramatic feature film written by Prince Edward Island writer Susan Rodgers, author of the popular fifteen-book women’s fiction Drifters series.
Produced by Nicolle Morrison, Rick Gibbs and Susan Rodgers, the story revolves around Jordie MacAulay, a last chance hockey player who returns home to Prince Edward Island after ten years of playing second rate hockey in an alcoholic fog in Alberta. The title, Still The Water, refers to calming the chaos that surrounds Jordie and his family. His sanctuary has always been an ice rink.
Hockey, fishing and culture come together in this moving film about second chances, which will be shot entirely on Prince Edward Island utilizing as many island resources as possible – cast, crew, equipment and, of course, stunning locations.
Still the Water
By Susan Rodgers
A despairing hockey player returns home to Prince Edward Island,
but his reappearance fuels jealousy and the emergence of a long-buried, painful truth.
All eyes are on Jordie MacAulay when he returns to small town Hope, P.E.I., after playing semi-pro hockey in Alberta. Usually in an alcoholic haze, he’s mucked things up big time by injuring a player in a dirty back-check. With no friends, no job, and no respect, in desperation he turns to his family for help.
Alongside his standoffish older brother Nicky and gregarious younger brother Noah, Jordie goes to work in his father’s fishing boat building business. But hockey calls him. The rink is his refuge, as it was for he and Nicky as boys when their father’s drunken rages sent them running. Jordie finds a place on a team, but it’s Nicky’s – Nicky’s the star. Jordie is a thorn in Nicky’s side. Things get worse when Abby, the woman Nicky is having an affair with, becomes attached to Jordie. Abby’s son Charlie died in a drunk-driving accident. She and Jordie connect through pain, which she attempts to heal through songwriting and music.
Years ago, domestic violence killed Nicky, Jordie and Noah’s mother. Nicky’s jealousy and hurt finally erupt on the ice with a humiliating public outcry about Jordie carrying some responsibility for her death, and for his abandonment of the family afterwards. Both Jordie and Nicky spend the night drinking, but when the sun peeks over the horizon they must rally. They are supposed to fish with a local Acadian fisherman, which is Nicky’s regular gig this time of year. Jordie is only going as a replacement for Noah, whose young fiancee is expecting a baby any day.
Can Jordie and Nicky get through the day? Late in the day, a fatigued Jordie gets a foot tangled in lines. Within a few seconds, he goes over. Nicky has a choice to make. Remove the brother who has stolen his mother, his girlfriend, his hockey glory, the affection of his kids? Or save him? With a knife in his hand, Nicky watches Jordie fight the frigid sea. He watches as the cold takes over and Jordie’s freezing hands lose their grip.
In the end, Nicky chooses life – his brother’s and, essentially, his. But Jordie has seen the contempt in Nicky’s eyes, he’s seen the truth. The boys’ childhood alliance is over, gone forever the night their mother died. Jordie decides he has to leave. Nicky finds him in the hockey rink, on centre ice, lost and alone. The brothers finally make peace in a place that feels holy, in a sanctuary where the entire town goes to worship the game.
This is a story of redemption that will appeal to all adult audiences for its tragic tale of the men in a broken family trying to find their way back to each other. Written by Susan Rodgers, author of the popular women’s fiction fifteen-book Drifters series, its imagery, layers, and texture are intricate, tragic, and beautiful.