Nathaniel Parker, Susanna Fournier & Anthony Lemke in a scene from Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery -- CBC.
This fall, murder mystery buffs will see one of their favourite Canadian crime novels brought to the screen on CBC Television. Still Life
, the first book in Quebec writer Louise Penny
's Three Pines
series, has been turned into a two-hour TV movie, which will have its world broadcast premiere Sunday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET only on CBC-TV
. And we have your first look!
The story centres on a sleepy village in Quebec's Eastern Townships that is thrown into turmoil after a popular schoolteacher is found dead in the woods. Her cause of death? An arrow through the heart. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his investigative team dig deep into the bizarre death, uncovering long-buried secrets in the idyllic town.
Nathaniel Parker stars as the charismatic Chief Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, and Anthony Lemke plays Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir. The ensemble cast includes Kate Hewlett, Gabriel Hogan, Susanna Fournier and many more. Have a look at what they and Louise Penny have to say about bringing her beloved characters to life:
Quebec's Eastern Townships provided the picturesque backdrop for the movie, along with various locations around Montreal. Watch this video explaining how the filmmakers were able to capture the essence of the fictional Canadian village of Three Pines:
Still Life was published in 2005 and became an international bestseller. The book won an Arthur Ellis Award for best crime writing in Canada, a Dagger Award in the U.K. and the Anthony, Barry and Dilys Awards in the U.S. It was also cited as one of the top five Mystery/Crime Novels of the Decade by Deadly Pleasures magazine. In the video below, Penny and the cast discuss the wide appeal of the Three Pines mystery series and some of its key themes:
For many years, Penny resisted the idea of allowing a film adaptation of her novel, fearing she would lose control of her characters. Yet she finally met the right producers for the job and agreed to sell them the rights for a TV movie. Listen to what she has to say about collaborating with director Peter Moss and director of photography Robert Mattigetz to finally transform her book into a film:
Still Life: A Three Pines Mystery will air Sunday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC-TV.