A Sweet Release...

The romantic comedy “HOPELESS ROMANTIC” began shooting in Halifax, NS on October 30. Told from the point of view of six female East Coast directors, the film questions the Hollywood idea that there is “The One” out there for all of us. Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) is involved as a creative consultant.

The anthology feature film focuses on 50-something Anna, as she helps six different women navigate through relationships across an epic landscape of partners, emotions, risks and payoffs only to learn that, like most adventures, it’s absolutely not about the destination.

The film stars Lynda Boyd (We Were Wolves, Republic of Doyle), Hugh Thompson (Book of Negroes), Susan Kent (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Amy Groening (Reign).

Nova Scotia-based writer/directors are Megan Wennberg (First Weekend) and Stephanie Clattenburg (Play Your Gender)Newfoundland directors are Deanne Foley (An Audience of Chairs), Ruth Lawrence (Talus and Scree), Martine Blue (Hunting Pignut), and Latonia Hartery (Sadie).  Also writing are Emily Bridger in St. John’s, as well as Iain MacLeod and Jay Dahl of Halifax.

“We are excited to work with this talented group of individuals, who have such strong artistic voices” said producer Bill Niven, “And we’re pleased to be part of a team that furthers the careers of Atlantic female filmmakers.”

Other creatives include cinematographer Jeff Wheaton (Black Cop); production designer  Michael Pierson (Trailer Park Boys); costume designer Bethanna Briffett; and hair and makeup artist Victoria Bouchard.

The project is a Nova Scotia/Newfoundland co-production. Financing comes from Telefilm Canada, the NS Film & Television Production Incentive Fund and the NL Film Development Corporation. Producers are NS-based Bill Niven (The Book Of Negroes); Jay Dahl (Halloween Party) , NL-based Latonia Hartery (Crocuses).

Filming goes to November 27.  Post-production will take place in St. John’s, NL. A theatrical release is planned for fall 2018.

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