There’s something fishy going on in the Gatineau Hills, in Wakefield and Chelsea, Quebec at La Vallee Restaurant, which was closed for the day Aug. 15 and the Wakefield Express, to be part of more action on Aug. 26.
That’s because these locales, among others in the area, have been picked as locations in the shooting of a movie called “a fish story” – budgeted to cost $4.7 million.
La Vallee owner Dan Faasen said the movie crew spent an entire day filming about 10 scenes at his Hwy 105 restaurant. The production companies paid for most of the lost business day and purchased food to make up for the lost revenue.
If you happen to spot an omelette or two in a scene when the movie comes out, you’ll know they’re courtesy of Faasen’s wife, Odette Larocque, who filled up plates for the restaurant crowd of actors and movie extras.
The film is about a dead father’s search for heaven. In the body of a wanted man, he briefly returns to his family in a wilderness fishing camp.
New York-based actor Sam Roberts, originally from Canada, wrote the script in memory of his late father. It was the contender for several pre-production awards, winning best screenplay at the 2008 Moondance International Film Festival, and reaching the semifinals in several screenwriting competitions.
Lead actor Jayne Heitmeyer acted in “Bon Cop, Bad Cop” and appeared in the “Republic of Doyle,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and the 1995 youth hit, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
Eddie McClintock, another lead actor, appeared in “Bones” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Meanwhile, Morrison’s Quarry, Carman Road and Mont-Ste-Marie are rumoured to be other filming locations. The Wakefield Express will be open as usual during the movie shoot on Aug. 26.
Source : The Low Down