So last November, I got to spend a few days in Victoria to shoot a small role on Maid. (That’s me – the cranky grocery clerk with Alex in Episode 4.) This was shot in a fabulous little independent store that had been in Victoria for 48 years, the kind of small-town store that’s cluttered and cramped and just has a life and history to it that large chain stores don’t. Sadly, it’s since been announced that they’ve closed as the owners have decided to retire.
I’ve got to say…”Cleanup on Aisle Poor” may be my most memorable line to date. It fits what this show is portraying so well, and demonstrates the biases that we carry against those just trying to make it through life.
Trailer is below, and you can watch it on Netflix here.
I had the pleasure this week of sharing a few words with Nerd Alert News, where we talked about the challenges of being a writer, my very brief appearance in Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone, and Letters to Helen. Click here to read the full interview.
I’m currently performing in the new show “The Doctor of Oz: A Self-Help Panto” at Hendry Hall in North Vancouver (it’s sold out, but you can get on the waiting list by calling the box office at 604-983-2633). Today, one of my castmates told me that she’d checked out my reel, and she’d discovered an interesting connection. A few years ago, I played a mom in a Vancouver Film School short called Bad Religion. Turns out, the kid who played my son is one Finn Wolfhard, current star of the Netflix hit Stranger Things.
Just goes to show that you never know where the people you work with will end up. Check out Finn’s early work here, starting at 2:19.
Like a lot of people, I am a champion procrastinator. To that end, I use Pocket to save all the web pages I want to read later on. As I was going through it today, I found this entry on The Film Colony’s website, and it had the most amazing short film – a behind-the-scenes video by MGM that takes you to all sorts of places throughout the studio in 1925, just a year after it was established.
If you’re at all interested in film history (or history in general) like I am, this is really a kick. I love the staff in the various departments that were all assembled in front of the cameras – it reminds me of the “happy holidays from all of us” messages that CTV News runs every New Year’s Eve.
Some of the things I just love about this:
Seeing all the authentic fashions of the day. We’re used to seeing the grand costumes that were put on film, but I love seeing the ladies with their hats:
Or the carpenters who wore shirt and tie under their overalls:
Take a look at the directors’ board. So many movies being made at once!