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In our great nation, "gander" can mean many things: an adult male goose, a glance, a city in Newfoundland best known for its airport. But that's about to change, because Gander is also about to be renowned as the hometown of Brad Peyton, one of Canada's most promising young directors.
Brad first got noticed while at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, where he made the short film 'Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl'. The film, about an outsider desperately trying to fit in (but with a Tim Burtonesque twist) got him noticed by the CBC, which then ran Brad's stop-animation series 'What It's Like Being Alone', a quirky take on finding your family that became a cult-favourite. 'Evelyn' also charmed Hollywood studios, so Brad headed to Los Angeles where he's quickly become the go-to guy for effects-driven family movies like 'Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore'.
Now Brad's at the helm of another huge feature, 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island', an adventure film that sends a teen (Josh Hutcherson) and his stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) on a quest to rescue his granddad (Michael Caine) from a fantasy world inspired by Jules Verne.