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A Sweet Release...


St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador: Monday, April 14, 2014. Wreckhouse Productions and Lady Hammond Entertainment are delighted to announce that their feature film RELATIVE HAPPINESS has been selected to screen as part of the prestigious PERSPECTIVE CANADA _CANNES, a Telefilm Canada initiative that showcases recent Canadian films at the Cannes Film Festival between May 15 – 22nd.

RELATIVE HAPPINESS MoviePosterSays RELATIVE HAPPINESS Director Deanne Foley “We are so excited to have RELATIVE HAPPINESS showcased at Perspective Canada_Cannes. The screening there is a wonderful opportunity for us to gain international exposure for the film. We think the movie will definitely resonate with audiences around the world. And, we’re sure everyone is going to fall in love with our incredibly talented lead actress Melissa Bergland, who plays the lovably, sassy and witty hero, Lexie.”

Award-winning Aussie actress, Melissa Bergland (Winners & Losers), who has often been described as ‘the next Rebel Wilson’, plays Lexie — a feisty, plus-sized, pastry baking, bed and breakfast owner, who is convinced Mr. Right will one day land on her doorstep fulfilling her dream of perfect romance. And, hopefully, he shows up in time to take her to her sister’s wedding. But, Lexie soon realizes there is no recipe for love…and relationships, for better or for worse, are just plain messy.

Melissa Bergland

Melissa Bergland as Lexie in RELATIVE HAPPINESS is absolutely terrific. Lexi’s an authentically flawed hero, so her comedic and sometimes heartbreaking struggles are easy for audiences to relate to,” says Producer, Lynne Wilson. “I’m thrilled with the movie, and I’m proud to be part of a film that portrays women as flawed but still valuable, lovable and…pretty hilarious.”

Melissa Bergland & Jonathan Sousa RELATIVE HAPPINESS

The feature length romantic comedy RELATIVE HAPPINESS is based on the bestselling novel written by Atlantic Canadian author, Lesley Crewe, and published by Nimbus. The film is directed by Deanne Foley (BEAT DOWN) and co-written by Foley, Iain MacLeod (Trailer Park Boys), Sherry White (CRACKIE), and Lesley Crewe. Jill Knox-Gosse (GROWN UP MOVIE STAR) and Lynne Wilson (The 25th REICH, LOVE AND SAVAGERY) of Wreckhouse Productions and Alan Collins (THE POET) of Lady Hammond Entertainment is producing, with Avi Federgreen of Federgreen Entertainment executive producing.

Melissa Bergland & Aaron Poole RELATIVE HAPPINESS

The film was shot entirely in Nova Scotia during late October and throughout November 2013, with locations in and around Hubbards and Halifax. Post-production took place at Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in late 2013 and early 2014.

The cast includes: Genie award-winning actor Aaron Poole (THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY) as Joss; Toronto International Film Festival’s 2013 Rising Star award winner Johnathan Sousa (Rookie Blue) as Adrian; Molly Dunsworth (HOBO WITH A Dunsworth, Wells, Kent, Hynes, TorrensSHOTGUN) as Gabby; Robb Wells (Trailer Park Boys) in a hilarious cameo role; Susan Kent (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) plays Lexie’s best friend, Susie; Joel Thomas Hynes (Republic of Doyle) as Susie’s boyfriend and car thief, Ernie, and well-known Canadian actor Jonathan Torrens (Mr. D) as Gabby’s fiancé Richard.

RELATIVE HAPPINESS has been made possible with support from Telefilm Canada, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, the Nova Scotia Film Industry

Tax Credits, Newfoundland & Labrador Film & Video Industry Tax Credit Program, Canadian Film & Video Production Tax Credit and Super Channel.

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While you're here be sure to watch SEA AND BE SCENE TV's On Set with RELATIVE HAPPINESS featuring interviews with stars Melissa Bergland, Aaron Poole, Johnathan Sousa, Molly Dunsworth & Susan Kent. Click here for that.

SABStv 206 ON SET of RELATIVE HAPPINESS with Melissa Bergland


About Wreckhouse Productions

Wreckhouse Productions is a St. John’s based film production company established by producers Jill Knox-Gosse and Lynne Wilson. The company was formed to develop and produce television content and feature films for the Canadian and international markets. Jill Knox-Gosse lives in Newfoundland and has extensive experience in film production. Her feature GROWN UP MOVIE STAR was a 2010 Official Selection and winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and was later nominated for three Genie Awards. Lynne Wilson is an ex-pat Newfoundlander and producer of documentary and feature films including the Genie Award winning LOVE AND SAVAGERY and the Australian sci-fi cult movie The 25th REICH. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.


About Lady Hammond Entertainment

Lady Hammond Entertainment is owned by producer Alan Collins, who has been working in the film industry for over 30 years in Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto. In 2006 he moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and founded Lady Hammond Entertainment with producer Kit Hood, the co-creator of the Degrassi Series, to make feature films based on successful Nova Scotia novels. In 2008 he produced his first feature, THE POET directed by Michael Rothecker. The film was selected for the Montreal World Film Festival in 2009. In 2012 he directed DROWNING IN COLOUR: THE ART OF WAYNE BOUCHER, which was selected for the International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal in 2013.

Telefilm Canada Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the programs of the Canada Media.

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