Winnipegger explores the self-discovery of a soccer mom in new film

When a movie about a hedonistic soccer mom on an adventure of self-discovery hits the screens at the end of the month it will also reflect the journey of a Winnipeg filmmaker.

Menorca will premiere at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival at the end of November

Menorca is the first full-length feature film by John Barnard. (Menorca trailer)
When a movie about a hedonistic soccer mom on an adventure of self-discovery hits the screens at the end of the month it will also reflect the journey of a Winnipeg filmmaker.

John Barnard's first feature film Menorca will have its world premiere at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.

The film's journey of learning and insight likely reflects his own explorations. For his day job "for money," Barnard said he makes television — travel and food shows — but movies have always been his passion.

"I got to this point in my career, some age milestones coming around the corner, and I thought it's really time for me to do this," he said.

"I had this story that was kind of percolating in my head and I just decided to make the leap."

The story is about a mother who, halfway through her son's soccer game, decided she needs to leave. She steals a van and heads out into rural Manitoba where she picks up a hitchhiker. After the van is stolen from her, she decides to head to the island of Menorca.

"There is a whole adventure that comes out of this setup," Barnard said.

The movie explores what happens when people find themselves in situations that "they didn't sign up for and they don't necessarily believe in."

"I think people wake up and find themselves as parents sometimes and go wait a minute this isn't for me, I can't do this," Barnard explained.  "People find themselves in careers and positions all the time and go how did I get here?"

He said he hopes audiences will feel a little unsettled; a little unsatisfied but also that they've just found "a new space."