Principal photography commences on location in British Columbia
VANCOUVER, May 27 /CNW/ - Paul Gross will play the role of The Montana
Kid, a notorious American gunslinger, and Sienna Guillory his love interest in
GUNLESS - a Western Comedy written and directed by William Phillips
(Foolproof, Treed Murray). Principal photography began May 20th on location in
Osoyoos, British Columbia.
When notorious American gunslinger, The Montana Kid, staggers into the
tiny Canadian hamlet of Barclay's Brush, life for the town's 17 inhabitants is
about to get exciting. The Kid immediately gets into an unfortunate
altercation with Jack, the town's surly blacksmith, which leads to the The Kid
'calling him out' for some good old frontier justice - a showdown. But in a
place totally ill prepared to deal with a classic gun fight and without a
single working pistol to be found, adhering to the code of the American Wild
West may prove difficult.
Not able to let go of the 'code', The Kid remains stuck in Barclay's
Brush, getting drawn into a strange world of eccentric rituals and characters;
among them Jane, a smart sassy woman who becomes his only hope of finding a
way out... or perhaps his only reason for staying...
Following the unprecedented success of PASSCHENDAELE which he wrote,
produced, directed and starred in, Paul Gross returns to feature film, this
time as lead actor. One of Canada's most popular and recognizable stars from
such hits as MEN WITH BROOMS, DUE SOUTH and SLINGS & ARROWS, Gross joins the
cast of GUNLESS having just completed the pilot for EASTWICK, a television
series based on the movie THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. He stars opposite Rebecca
Romijn, playing Jack Nicholson's character, the Devil. EASTWICK was picked up
by ABC, and will air next season.
Sienna Guillory has been seen on screen most recently with Brendan Fraser
in INKHEART. She has also starred in ERAGON, LOVE ACTUALLY and THE TIME
MACHINE. Joining Gross and Guillory in the cast of GUNLESS are Dustin Milligan
(90210) who stars as Corporal Jonathan Kent, a zealous junior N.W.M.P.
officer; Tyler Mane (appearing this summer as Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's
H2) as Jack; and Callum Keith Rennie (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, CALIFORNICATION)
as Ben Cutler, a ruthless posse leader hunting down The Kid.
The village of Barclay's Brush has been brought to life in an outlying
desert area just outside Osoyoos, British Columbia. Director William Phillips
teamed with Production Designer Matthew Budgeon to realize his vision of an
1890's Western town, forging dirt roads and erecting a dozen buildings from
scratch. Director of Photography Greg Middleton, who captured the battlefields
of WWI for Paul Gross' PASSCHENDAELE, will shoot.
Phillips commented upon start of production, "I'm extraordinarily
fortunate to be making GUNLESS, not only because is it a full blown western
set in Canada, but also because of the exceptional team we have assembled.
From the award-winning cinematography of Greg Middleton, to the beautifully
realized pioneer set designed by Matthew Budgeon, I know we are making a
western with a scope which is more than worthy of the genre. Add to this the
brilliance of our leads, Paul Gross and Sienna Guillory, I am seeing this
production come to life in ways that far exceeded my wildest expectations."
GUNLESS is produced by Niv Fichman of Rhombus Media, (PASSCHENDAELE,
BLINDNESS, SILK) and Stephen Hegyes and Shawn Williamson of Brightlight
Pictures (FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING, WHITE NOISE, SLITHER). Alliance Films is
scheduled to release GUNLESS across Canada in Spring, 2010.
About Alliance Films
Alliance Films is a leading distributor of motion pictures in Canada,
with motion picture distribution operations in the United Kingdom and Spain.
The Company distributes filmed entertainment to theatres, on DVD, online and
to television broadcasters. Alliance Films holds the Canadian distribution
rights to the productions of leading independent studios, including, Focus
Features, The Weinstein Company, Overture Films, A Bigger Boat, Grosvenor
Park, CBS Films and Relativity Media.
About Rhombus Media
Rhombus Media is renowned the world over for its high-quality feature
films, TV drama series and performing arts programmes. Since it's inception in
1979, Rhombus has released over 200 productions that have been consistently
acclaimed by critics and audiences around the world. Rhombus films have
received literally hundreds of awards, including numerous Genies, Geminis,
Golden Pragues and an Oscar. Some of the company's more notable projects
include The Red Violin, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Saddest
Music in the World, September Songs, Beethoven's Hair, Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by
Bach, Slings and Arrows, and most recently Fernando Meirelles' Blindness, and
Paul Gross' Passchendaele.
About Brightlight Pictures
Brightlight Pictures develops, finances and produces independent feature
films and television projects for the domestic and international marketplace.
Company principals and producers, Stephen Hegyes and Shawn Williamson, have
produced over 60 productions in the last 12 years and over 20 productions
since the launch of the company in 2001, including White Noise, starring
Michael Keaton, which has grossed more than $100 million since opening in
January 2005. Brightlight has worked with such stars as Halle Berry, Justin
Timberlake, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Anne Hathaway, Ben Kingsley, Kevin
Spacey and Nicholas Cage, among others. Credits include Canada/UK coproduction
Fifty Dead Men Walking and upcoming feature No Clue, written by and starring
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For further information: Carrie Wolfe, Vice President, Publicity &
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