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September 04 2008

Passchendaele, with Caroline Dhavernas screens at the gala opening at TIFF. Paul Gross talks about his Canadian war film, and casting Dhavernas.

"...I had seen some of her work about a year or so before I started to cast, and was just knocked out by her. I had this secondary list, of those actors who weren’t Julia Roberts or Uma Thurman or something, and she headed that list."

I just finished the novel of this movie WOW
hoping we get to see it in the US
What is the Whedonverse connection here?
It's at one remove since Caroline Dhavernas starred in 'Wonderfalls' which Tim Minear ran.

Might be too thin to stay.

ETA: Heh, except it was posted by a mod ;).

[ edited by Saje on 2008-09-04 13:03 ]
I'm hoping she'll eventually be on some Whedon project, because she is lovely. So, maybe in the future the link will be stronger.
Nothing tenuous about this post. For those who haven't yet seen Wonderfalls, I feel very happy that you have a great tv show in your future :)
only yesterday I was wondering what Paul Gross was up to these days. Due South FTW
If you're a fan of Gross you could do a lot worse than check out 'Slings and Arrows' IMO, a Canadian TV show he starred in (after 'Due South', they made them from about 2004 onwards) about the various travails of a theatre company (it ran for three seasons but old UK style seasons i.e. 6 ish episodes). Great TV for the most part.

Nothing tenuous about this post.

That's what I was just saying, cast iron the connection is, couldn't be more solid.

;-)
That's it, Saje, stand firm and hold fast to your views. Don't let anyone dissuade you! ;) Oh, right...
Like a rock, me. If it happens to be in an area of great tectonic instability that's hardly my fault ;).
Argh! I was almost in this movie! Should have been in this movie, but lost the part due to a geographical technicality....not that I'm bitter or anything.
Slings & Arrows is awesome.
i did see part of a political drama/satire that was basically a big old Due South love-in
"Wonderfalls," starring Caroline Dhavernas, was one of the funniest, best shows to ever be cancelled by Fox, back when Fox was "cancel happy." I've watched the DVDs three or four times since I bought them. Caroline is a great actress, and she is totally believable as the twenty-something slacker, Jaye Tyler.

Let's hope the new Fox is more patient with "Dollhouse," just as Joss hopes it will be.
I saw Passchendaele at a test screening earlier this summer. Caroline is wonderful in it, and so is Paul, but I hope they lose some of the very heavy symbolism at the end.

It's a war film that certainly doesn't glamorize war at all. I hope a lot of people get to see it.
Jewel Staite had a long reoccuring guest run on Wonderfalls before it got canned.
Ah-ha! Thanks Lockescythe for that semi-solid link with the Whedonverse. I think we're into pudding territory now, one more link and it could be crackers!
spoofforbrains - That would probably have been H2O or the sequel Trojan Horse. Political thrillers about the US & Canada, water rights and much more. Quite liked them both. Horse has been nominated for 5 Genies this year.

Also, for a bit of absurd try "Men With Brooms" starring Gross and Leslie Nielsen. It's about Curling. I saw this at SIFF and Gross was there. He is "so very pretty".

Ah-ha! Thanks Lockescythe for that semi-solid link with the Whedonverse. I think we're into pudding territory now, one more link and it could be crackers!


Well, if you're accepting linking Wonderfalls to Whedonverse, I can give you one more link. Muffin Buffalo Lady is ghost Dennis' mom. She was also in an episode of Drive.

For such a short show, Wonderfalls has enough links that it should qualify as honorary Whedonverse. If my DVDs weren't in another state, I'd watch the series again. For the 20th or 30th time.
She was also in an episode of Drive.

Thank you. I knew I recognised her from somewhere.
spooforbrains - I wouldn't necessarily call it a due south love fest. I would call it - the Canadian acting pool is much smaller than ours and IMHO much more talented than 90% of ours too, but again, that is just my opinion. And I also second bix! - Slings and Arrows is just incredible. I am still seeing new things in it even after multiple viewings.
In order to survive, most Canadian actors do a lot of theatre as well as movies, TV and the like, so Slings and Arrows, written by actors, really knows what it is all about. I haven't see the 3rd season yet, it is incredibly expensive on DVD.
Benefited from the exchange rates there I think, got mine for about £13 per season (not dirt cheap given how short they are but still fairly reasonable IMO). And now there's a complete set of series 1-3 on Play.com for £27 all in (about $60 Canadian).

Great show, the end of season one in particular is very ;).

ETR: mild spoilers

[ edited by Saje on 2008-09-05 16:59 ]
In order to survive, most Canadian actors do a lot of theatre as well as movies, TV and the like, so Slings and Arrows, written by actors, really knows what it is all about. I haven't see the 3rd season yet, it is incredibly expensive on DVD.

It is worth it just to have the incredible William Hutt on DVD.

$30 at Indigo.ca

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