N.L. film Beat Down opens across Atlantic Canada
Posted: Sep 8, 2012 1:55 PM NT
Last Updated: Sep 8, 2012 3:30 PM NT
Newfoundland and Labrador filmmaker Deanne Foley's debut feature film, Beat Down, is grappling with a new challenge — getting audiences into theatres, to ensure a longer run.
The movie — a father-daughter action-comedy centred on the underground wrestling scene — opened Friday across Atlantic Canada.Robb Wells plays the role of Whitey in Beat Down. (Beatdownmovie.com)
While it's a major accomplishment for the producers, the next hurdle is generating enough interest to prolong its run after a make-or-break weekend.
"The box office determines how long the film stays in the theatres," Foley said.
"So if people come out and we get great numbers, a lot of bums in seats on opening weekend, then they'll decide to keep the film for another week."
Beat Down stars many familiar faces from the Atlantic acting scene — Marthe Bernard and Mark O'Brien of Republic of Doyle fame, Robb Wells from the Trailer Park Boys, and Newfoundland comedy icon Andy Jones.
Bernard plays Fran Whiteway, an 18-year-old who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. Her single father Whitey (played by Wells) is a former pro known as White Lightning. He is not keen.
"It was really important to me from the beginning to make sure that the wrestling would satisfy the most die-hard fan, but yet at the same time, you did not have to be a wrestler or a fan of wrestling to enjoy the story," Foley said.
She hopes the film will be picked up in larger centres like Toronto or Vancouver if it does well in the Atlantic region.
Latest Nfld. & Labrador News Headlines
- MMA fighter teaching skills in Corner Brook
- A man with years of training in mixed martial arts is now passing on his knowledge to local youth in Corner Brook. more »
- Farmers' market starts work to find permanent home
- The St. John's Farmers Market will re-open for the season in a few weeks, while work ramps up to find a new and permanent home. more »
- Deer Lake catches break over flood warning
- The weather co-operated this weekend with plans to release massive amounts of water from the dam at Deer Lake Power. more »
- Wharnsby: Colin Greening rescues Senators
- Forward Colin Greening's dramatic double-overtime winner against the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night saved the Ottawa Senators from a big series hole, writes CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby. more »
Top News Headlines
- Unknown remains found on Dellen Millard's farm
- Police searching the farm of Dellen Millard, the 27-year-old charged with first-degree murder after the remains of Ancaster, Ont., man Tim Bosma were discovered, have found other remains on the property, but it's unclear if they are human or animal. more »
- Canadian on EI shut out amid foreign worker influx
- A jobless Canadian IT professional who is collecting employment insurance is upset because he now suspects several recent jobs he applied for went to temporary foreign workers. more »
- Can the Senate fire a senator?
- An expert on parliamentary rules says the Senate has the power to turf a senator from the chamber, as long as a majority approves the expulsion, and as long as there is cause. more »
- Nahlah Ayed: Vote-wary Iranians mull Ahmadinejad's successor
- Iranians go to the polls in less than four weeks to choose a new president. The reform movement is still smarting from its bitter defeat four years ago, but the jockeying for power is no less intense, Nahlah Ayed reports. more »
- Edmonton boy, 2, killed after car hits patio
- A two-year-old boy is dead after a car smashed into a patio at a south Edmonton restaurant Sunday night. more »
- Central Newfoundland digs out from freak snowfall
- Multiple weekend thefts on Ropewalk Lane
- Arts council presents annual awards
- Gros Morne fracking issue causing significant reaction
- Composting project expands in Grand Bank
- Stay clear of flooding sites, mayor says
- Gushue | Why the loss of Ray Guy has meant so much
- Police investigating vehicle accident near Lewisporte
- Fracking may jeopardize Gros Morne UNESCO status