RUFF TRADE: Times Colonist November 20, 2012

21 Nov

Actor Matt Frewer says getting to play a character named “flummoxed policeman” is a dream come true.

“He must be Belgian. I’ve never played a Belgian,” joked Frewer, best known for Max Headroom but whose recent gigs include roles in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi series Falling Skies and opposite Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel, the prequel to Psycho.

Although he joked in a news release that “the general rule of thumb in film is never work with children, animals, seniors or Pru Emery,” Frewer says he’s looking forward to reuniting with writer-producer Prudence Emery on Hattie’s Heist. Her short comedy caper is tentatively set to be directed by Gail Harvey (The Murdoch Mysteries) in Oak Bay next spring.

“We vowed never to work together again, but since we’ve got old, we forgot,” joked Frewer, who worked with both Emery, in her capacity as a unit publicist, on Hallmark Channel’s Battle of the Bulbs, and Maxine Miller, who plays the title character in Emery’s short about the adventures of a cash-strapped senior who becomes an unlikely Robin Hood-style bank robber.

Media tycoon Moses Znaimer, retired CTV news anchor Lloyd Robertson and Carolyn Sadowska, as the queen, appear in cameos.

Midnight tonight is your last chance to cast your vote and help Emery and her collaborators decide which local pooch will star as Hattie’s four-legged sidekick. Sixty-five canine hopefuls that turned out for a recent casting call were narrowed to five finalists, with one dog a week eliminated based on results determined by Likes at

Nearly 9,000 visitors have seen the Facebook post so far, with the winner to be announced Wednesday, Emery said.

Round three survivors are Arthur (Pomeranian poodle cross), Tessie (Yorkshire Terrier) and Ollie (pug). Voting is being held in tandem with the film’s online crowd-funding campaign at hattiesheist, where Bullsh*t, Blackmail and Begging, Canadian producer and independent film industry pioneer Pat Ferns’s new video on the changing world of pitching appears.

The producers have just 10 days left to raise $25,000 online for the Oak Bay-filmed canine caper to go ahead.
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