“It took my breath away. An excellent story of love, heartbreak, first love, realities, disappointment, finding identity, courage, bravery, cowardice, hurdles in life, dreams shattered, love found anew, dreams realised and everything in between of these. It has everything that happens in a person’s life.”
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!
I’m happy to announce that I’m directing another play in in Vancouver this fall!
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster will run from September 16th to October to October 7th at Metro Theatre in Vancouver. For more information and ticket prices, go to Metro Theatre’s website.
Back in my junior high/high school days, this song was played by the most popular morning show crew every Friday. It’s always been a favourite earworm, and I can still hear Rob and Audie from 630 CHED/Power 92 yelling along with it.