Station Eleven (2021)

It’s 2020 in Chicago. During a production of King Lear, the play’s star, Arthur Leander (Gael Garcia Bernal), dies onstage of a heart attack. Eight-year-old Kirsten (Matilda Lawler) is a part of the cast and becomes lost in the shuffle of panic. When audience member Jeevan (Himesh Patel) takes pity on her and tries to get her home, the world is on the brink of a deadly pandemic and life as they know it disappears within months. Twenty years later, we meet Kirsten (Mackenzie Davis) again, but she’s an adult in a nomadic and deteriorated society built by those who stayed immune after the disease devastated the planet. She is part of a troupe called the Travelling Symphony, full of performers and misfits who find a home with each other. When a mysterious man joins them, and the work of Arthur’s ex-wife Miranda (Danielle Deadwyler) finds new, prophetic life in this future society, the fight to survive in this hostile world is all too evident.

In this close-to-home show, we learn about these intertwined characters in the post-apocalyptic aftermath of a deadly disease through flashbacks and dedicated episodes. Based on the book by Emily St. John Mandel with episodes directed by Helen Shaver and Jeremy Podeswa, the understated mystical quality of the series immerses the story in humanity, giving voice to the “what-ifs” that are all too familiar. Station Eleven stars Canadian Davis, plus a slew of Canadian talent like Enrico Colantoni and singer Deborah Cox; and cult favourites Lori Petty and David Cross.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette


Deborah Cox, Enrico Colantoni, Mackenzie Davis

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Executive produced by Jeremy Podeswa
Oshawa, Ontario
Jeremy Podeswa is one of the executive producers and also produced hit TV shows Game of Thrones and The Handmaid's Tale.