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OAK BAY/VICTORIA, B.C.,  June 3, 2013The comedy-drama short Hattie’s Heist starring Maxine Miller and Matt Frewer starts principal photography on location in Oak Bay/Victoria on September 28th, 2013 under the direction of John Kent Harrison, with Lloyd Robertson and Moses Znaimer making cameo appearances.

An impoverished senior inspired by the Queen, a national newscaster and media maven to become an international bank robber, shares the spoils with her peers.  Her life becomes complicated when her new suitor turns out to be a retired RCMP officer and her dog develops a penchant for running away.

Hattie’s Heist marks Maxine Miller ‘s (Diary of a Whimpy Kid, Love Happens, The Battle of the Bulbs) 80th production.  Miller, who plays Hattie, regards herself as Betty White’s younger sister.  Matt Frewer, who plays a flummoxed policeman, is best known as Max Headroom recently completed Orphan Black for BBC America, and Falling Skies for TNT.

Lloyd Robertson and Moses Znaimer play cameo roles of themselves and Carolyn Sadowska portrays HM the Queen.  A Yorkshire Terrier called Tessie plays Hattie’s devoted but mischievous dog.

“This is a story of a senior citizen who decides to take on the banks,” says screenwriter/executive producer Prudence Emery.The banks, after all, are the villains in this contemporary world.  This is her form of protest.   She becomes a modern Robin Hood, stealing from the rich to give the poor.   We think it’s a funny and appropriate message for our time.”

“It is not a story to encourage oldsters to rob banks, but an inspirational tale to encourage them to fulfill their dreams before it is too late,” says executive producer Pat Ferns (Captain Cook:  Obsession and Discovery and Darwin’s Brave New World).

Director John Kent Harrison says, “Hattie’s Heist is a romp with a walker and a pratt fall or two on the slippery slope to carpe diem.”

Film and television director and screenwriter John Kent Harrison (JKH) has recently joined the team.  He is best known for his work in the international mini-series format.  In 2010 he was nominated by the Director’s Guild of America as Best Television Director of The Year (in movie and mini series format).  His recent Hallmark Hall of Fame, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler won an Emmy and also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Anna Paquin.  Most recently he wrote the four-hour mini-series, War Paint, about the rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein and the rise of the beauty culture in New York, London and Paris, 1915-1940.

JKH brought composer Lawrence Shragge aboard who has scored many of Harrison’s films, including When Love is not Enough: the Lois Wilson Story, which garnered Shragge his first Prime Time Emmy nomination. VFX supervisor is Brendan Taylor (Hanna, Lust, Caution and Taking Woodstock) and Director of Photography is David Malysheff (Take Off, The Best Places to Kiss, Off the Map).

The screenplay is by Prudence Emery, who serves as executive producer along with Pat Ferns, CM, produced by Patti Poskitt and co-produced by Alix Cameron; Hattie’s Heist shoots for five days.

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