Cruel but Necessary

Cruel but Necessary is a 2005 independent film directed by Canadian actor/film director Saul Rubinek. Actress Wendel Meldrum took a turn as a screenwriter for this project.[1] Meldrum stars in the film as Betty Munson, a woman struggling to put her life back together after her marriage falls apart. Betty decides to secretly videotape family, friends, and others to help understand the truth of her life. Meldrum's own ex-husband Mark Humphrey and son Luke Humphrey play her onscreen ex-husband and son.

Cruel but Necessary
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Directed bySaul Rubinek
Produced byElinor Reid
Written byWendel Meldrum
StarringWendel Meldrum
Mark Humphrey
Luke Humphrey
CinematographySteve Ackerman
Edited byChris Kern
Distributed bySomerville House
Critical Mass
Release date
  • June 7, 2005 (2005-06-07)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

Portions of Cruel but Necessary were posted on YouTube beginning in 2007. The film was released on DVD November 11, 2008.


Wendel Meldrum as Betty Munson
Mark Humphrey as Doug Munson
Luke Humphrey as Darwin Munson
Fred Goss as Chad
James O'Connell as Teddy
Julie Payne as Pearl
Lisa Zane as Gynecologist


Outstanding Actress in a Female Role, Wendel Meldrum - 2007 Winnipeg International Film Festival.[2]


  1. ^ Schaefer, Glen. "Small Project Fed Director's Soul, September 2007". Archived from the original on 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ WIFF | 2007 Selected Film Archived 2007-09-12 at the Wayback Machine

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