Definitively Deborah

Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith's personal journey in film and television


Definitively Deborah

I am a South African born Canadian actor and film maker living in Ontario, Canada. I am a former professional ballroom dancer and competed extensively in South Africa in the '80s and 90s. I am a self-taught film maker. My short films have screened at local festivals and have been accepted to festivals in Italy, the USA and Canada. My short film, The Hider, won best horror short film at the Alternative Film Festival Spring Edition in Toronto in March 2017 and I was nominated for Best Director at the same festival. I am a mother of 2 sons, and with my partner we are directors at Two Good Sons Productions, a small film making company. I am also the owner of the film production company, DeJaReS Productions.

Gruemonkey’s Women of Horror!

Today I was the special guest in the latest publication of Gruemonkey for their Women of Horror section.

Please check out the article at this link:

Photo credit, Cathie Wheeldon of Wheeldon Photography



aka Hammertown!! Drama series!

Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith 2019 for aka HammertownEarlier this year I was very happy to be cast in a small role in the new up-coming series called aka HAMMERTOWN, created by two Hamiltonians, Kathy Rupcic and Darren Kaulback.

Here is a link to the rest of the cast on their website:

Here is a link to the trailer:

Creature from Cannibal Creek – Get Me Pictures – cartoon short!

Director, John Migliore, of Survival Zombie Films, recently wrote and created this cartoon short which is based on his live action creature feature, Creature from Cannibal Creek which was shot almost a year ago.

Some of the voices from the original feature film show up again in this short.

The music is created and performed by Mike Trebilcock.

Daddy’s Girls – short film – Hamilton Film Festival (2016)

Recently available is a short film, Daddy’s Girls, which was an entry at the Hamilton Film Festival 2016 – 72 Hour Challenge.

I was one of the elements of the challenge.  Carlos Henriques of The Butcher Shop Makeup and Effects Studio, applied FX makeup to my face where-after I had to appear in all of the short films participating in the 72 Hour Challenge.

Daddy’s Girls is written and directed by Nick Pusic.


Exorcism of the Dead movie review!

Here is a very nice movie review of the feature film, Exorcism of the Dead, in which I played mom, Eunice, and on which I was also an executive producer.

The DVD recently became available through Amazon.


Semi-finalist at The Alternative Film Festival Summer 2019!!!

I had great news last night, that my web series pilot episode of The Exploits and Misadventures of Old M’Elle is a semi-finalist for Best Web Series at the upcoming summer edition of the Alternative Film Festival 2019 to be held in Toronto, Canada next week.  All the hard work has been worthwhile and I am so pleased!  Production continues!!  The episodes begin to roll out in mid November 2019.

Exploits Poster AltFF Laurels

The Exploits and Misadventures of Old M’Elle – Web Series!!!

I have written a ten episode comedy web series called, THE EXPLOITS AND MISADVENTURES OF OLD M’ELLE.

The series tells the story of a quirky artist and her shenanigans as she tries her hand at film-making.

Production is going very well and is exciting and fun.  It is very challenging being in front of the camera as well as behind it, and performing all the other technical roles as well, but it is very satisfying.

The episodes are short, under 8 minutes and ideally in the 6 minute range, and they are filled with fast paced action, music and sound.

Release is slated for December 2019.

Here are some fun images that I can share so far.


Creature From Cannibal Creek – huge success at the Hexploitation Film Festival 2019!!

The cast and crew of the indie creature feature film, Creature from Cannibal Creek are over the moon at the many successes that we all enjoyed at the recent Hexploitation Film Festival 2019 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The film won Best Monster in the festival.  Writer, director, producer and actor, John Migliore of Survival Zombie Films won the Hammer Horror Star award for all the work that he has done in the field of horror films in the city of Hamilton.

And then Creature from Cannibal Creek won the Audience Choice Award for Feature Film at the festival.

Here are some of the posters for the film.





And my amazing character, Harriet, who I enjoyed playing so much.

Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith as Harriet CFCC

The trailers,

The music video,

World premiere of Creature from Cannibal Creek at the Hexploitation Film Festival 2019!!!!

Last night was magical!!  It was the world premiere of the creature feature film, Creature from Cannibal Creek, written and directed by John Migliore of Survival Zombie Films, with the soundtrack by Juno award-winning musician, Mike Trebilcock and his film score band, Sematary Spawn.

Pictured, Aaron Allen, festival director of the Hexploitation Film Festival introducing the film to the sold out crowd.

Me with Nick, and Simon Wheeldon who played Eddie, and John Migliore, the writer, director, producer and actor.

Some of the cast and crew including Mike Trebilcock.

John created a comic book style poster for the film.

CFCC comic book poster

Here is the Hexploitation Film Festival 2019 poster with our poster right in the center.

Hexploitation Film Festival 2019

These monster cookies were created by a fan of the film and distributed to all the cast and crew at the event.


I won the raffle for the evening and the prize was these awesome SFX prosthetic kits from our friends at Locked in the Cellar Creations.


Here is the interview by Robert Bellamy of the Blood in the Snow (BITS) Film Festival, interviewing Aaron Allen, John Migliore and Mike Trebilcock.

The evening was perfect!!  Congratulations to all the cast and crew!!

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