Growing up as a depressed, overweight gay teen in Nova Scotia was hard for young William, so he ran away at the age of 15 and never looked back. That is, until ten years later when he returns for his sister’s wedding, and must face the dysfunctional family and oppressive community he thought he had left behind.
A challenging, evocative and artful drama about coming to terms with one’s past, one’s family and one’s identity. The Hanging Garden explores how the choices we make can affect the future — for us, and for those whose lives we touch.
“The heart of the movie is its insight into the way families are haunted by their own history.” — Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
"The past literally hangs around the present in both a heartwarming and heartbreaking story." —Alison
Thom Fitzgerald, Louise Garfield, Arnie Gelbart
Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Sarah Polley, Joan Orenstein, Seana McKenna
The Hanging Garden is filmed and set in Nova Scotia. Thom Fitzgerald is from Nova Scotia.