|For immediate Release
April 17 2003
BENJAMIN RATNER MAKES DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
WITH FEATURE FILM
Vancouver, April 17 2003.
Pre-production of the feature film "Moving Malcolm" is well underway with shooting set to start in Vancouver April 21st. This dark comedy tells the poignant story of aspiring novelist, Gene Maxwell and his hopeful obsession with former fiancée, B-movie actress and veteran heart breaker Liz Woodward. As Gene devises a plan to win back the heart of this troubled vixen his well-intentioned family and friends vehemently protest.
"Moving Malcolm" stars Benjamin Ratner (Last Wedding, Looking for Leonard and soon to be released 19 Months), Elizabeth Berkley (Roger Dodger, Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Any Given Sunday, Showgirls) and John Neville (Spider, Sunshine, The Fifth Element, X-Files) as the central characters of this tightly written story of love, fear, and acceptance. Babz Chula (Last Wedding, Dirty), Jay Brazeau (A Guy Thing, Taken, Last Wedding) and Rebecca Harker (Last Wedding, Little Boy Blues) are Gene's embarrassingly eccentric family, who try desperately to save Gene from an emotional train wreck, while caught up in their own unusual and bizairre family dynamic. Nicholas Lea (Vertical Limit, X-Files) appears as Gene's most forceful ally and Linda Sorensen (Joshua Then and Now) plays Malcolm's potential love interest. As this stellar cast assembles, audiences will see some notable cameos as Ratner's real life friends and past co-stars pop up unexpectedly ; including Tom Scholte (Last Wedding), Gina Chiarelli (See Grace Fly) and Earl Pastko (The Sweet Hereafter).
The story unfolds when Liz unexpectedly turns up on Gene's doorstep after leaving him at the altar over a year before. The persuasive siren has an unusual and audacious request. She asks Gene to move her elderly father Malcolm, to a new apartment, while she flies to Prague to shoot a low budget sci-fi flick. Obsessed with reconciliation fantasies, Gene seizes the opportunity to recapture Liz's illusive love and agrees to move her father. In Malcolm, a distinctly articulate, if occasionally foul-mouthed Englishman, Gene finds an unexpected comrade. But Gene's plans take a painful turn when Liz once again breaks his hopeful heart. But this time through the colourful and enlightening relationship that emerges between him and Malcolm, Gene is able to regain his self-respect and re-open his heart to those who love and know him best.
"Moving Malcolm" is written and directed by Benjamin Ratner and marks Ratner's directorial debut. Executive Producers are Crescent Entertainment's Jayme Pfahl and Christine Haebler (Kitchen Party, Hard Core Logo). Producers are Paul Armstrong (Mon amour mon parapluie, See Grace Fly) and Bridget Hill (Instant Soup). Greg Middleton is Director of Photography (Punch, Better Than Chocolate, Kissed) and the film's editor is Ross Weber (Last Wedding, Dirty).
Production of "Moving Malcolm" is scheduled to wrap May 16th. The production has been funded by Telefilm Canada, BC Film and the Canadian Western Independent Producers Fund in association with broadcasters Movie Central,TMN, Citytv/CHUM Network. The film's distributor is Mongrel Media.
For more information contact:
Unit Publicist: Rory Richards (604) 669.0641 / (604) 837-7679
Producers: Paul Armstrong and/or Bridget Hill (604) 727.0273