Sorry… it’s a short film

Yesterday, I spent the day at Galafilm helping Alex audition actors for his short film. It’s tentatively titled Twelve Ways to Say You’re Sorry (adapted from a witty book called How to Be a Canadian, by Will Ferguson and Ian Ferguson). The premise is that in Canada, we say “Sorry” all the time, but rarely to express genuine regret. The film is a series of short — and often hysterically funny — vignettes that illustrate what we really mean behind all the politesse.

Naturally (this being Montreal), nothing will be filmed before spring. I told Alex that someone who knew Canada only through film and television might assume we have endless summer here. Everything is always shot in warm weather. For example, my vision of Saskatchewan comes entirely from episodes of Corner Gas, which has never featured a single snowflake.

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