Nova Scotia film and TV producers want to tell the outside world they’re ready to do business, says Mike Volpe, chair of the board of directors of Screen Nova Scotia, which represents the 1,600 people working in film, television and digital animation in this province.
In the documentary Free Reins, director Jackie Torrens visits Hinchinbrook Farm, where different is normal, and meets McGill’s “tribe” of children with special needs.
Filmmakers Ashley McKenzie and Nelson MacDonald, cinematographer Scott Moore and actors Bhreagh MacNeil and Andrew Gillis are heading to Germany for their made-in-Cape Breton film’s screening in the prestigious Forum program.
Nova Scotia productions shone when the Canadian Screen Award nominations were announced on Wednesday. Weirdos earned six nods including best picture, Werewolf got four including best actor and actress, and TV series This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Mr. D each had multiple nominations.
A dusty Hants County gypsum mine is worlds away from the bucolic Southern Ontario farm country that is home to many Mennonites. But it’s the perfect setting for a climactic scene in Pure, the new CBC-TV drama about a Mennonite drug-trafficking ring that premieres on Monday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m.
With Shannon Quinn’s feet flying as she fiddles and Ashley MacIsaac’s bow strings fraying, the music heats up even more as DJ Jay Andrews adds driving beats in the 45-minute special screening at the Atlantic Film Festival on Sunday.
A report on the economics of the screen industry in Nova Scotia confirms what filmmakers have been saying all along – “we can’t afford not to have a film industry in Nova Scotia,” says writer-director Michael Melski.
Though Book of Negroes sounds like a tale about slavery, for actor Lyriq Bent the bestselling novel by Lawrence Hill is an incredible love story. Bent stars as Chekura, love interest of Aminata, played by Aunjanue Ellis, who is captured as a child in her African homeland and sold into slavery in South Carolina.
Arts & Life editor Andrea Nemetz spoke to Lou Gossett Jr. on the set of the epic CBC miniseries in Shelburne, NS in May 2014. The iconic actor, who starred in ground-breaking mini-series Roots, says Lawrence Hill’s story aids in effort to fight racism.
Nervous would be underestimating Chris Gascoyne’s state of mind before his first appearance on Coronation Street.
“It was a one-hour live episode for the show’s 40th anniversary,” reports the actor, best known for playing Peter Barlow on the hit U.K. soap on and off since 2000.