Jeremy Larter on his new film Pogey Beach — and why he's poking fun at P.E.I. stereotypes

Filmmaker Jeremy Larter joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about Pogey Beach, a new comedy that plays with East Coast stereotypes.
Jeremy Larter is the writer and director of Just Passing Through and Pogey Beach. (Jessicah Dutton)

The word "pogey" is slang in Atlantic Canada for employment insurance. The word has a negative association that many resent, but filmmaker Jeremy Larter has decided to embrace it in some pretty hilarious ways.

Larter's latest project is a raunchy comedy called Pogey Beach, about a 19-year-old named Bethany who moves from Toronto to P.E.I. with her overprotective father. She's quickly smitten with the regulars who hang out at the beach near their home, called Pogey Beach.

The fictional Gary Gallant, the king of Pogey Beach, sitting on his throne with three of his 'pogey bum' friends keeping guard. (Submitted by Jeremy Larter)

The film actually started out as a fictional soap opera in a web series called Just Passing Through. Thanks to some financial help from fans, it's now its own movie.

Larter joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about his new film and why he wanted to poke fun at East Coast stereotypes. You can stream Pogey Beach now on iTunes and find it on demand through Eastlink and Shaw. 

A scene from episode one of Just Passing Through. (Peter Simpson)

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