Super Channel to air doc on Canadians in Hollywood

Cameras are set to roll in the spring on Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood, from Victoria-based Less Bland Productions.
November 20, 2012

Victoria, B.C.-based Less Bland Productions has secured a broadcast license with Canadian premium television service Super Channel for its planned feature-length documentary about Canucks in Tinseltown called Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood.

The documentary is based on a book of the same name by Ian Ferguson that is soon to be published, Less Bland says in a statement.

The project has received financial backing from the Rogers Documentary Fund and will be distributed in Canada by KinoSmith. Principal photography is scheduled for spring 2013.

It is being produced and directed by Less Bland’s executive producer Leslie Bland and Ferguson.

As the title suggests, the book and doc look at the historical links between the Great White North and the U.S. film industry. The filmmakers say they are approaching numerous Canadian screen entertainers and insiders for interviews.

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