It’s based on the Governor General Award winning book by Guy Vanderhaeghe. From the cover…
The Englishman’s Boy brilliantly links together Hollywood in the 1920’s with one of the bloodiest, most brutal events of the nineteenth-century Canadian West – the Cypress Hills Massacre.
Many of the extras used were actual descendants of those involved.
I worked as an extra for the 1873 scenes, and as a stand-in for Michael Therriault and Nicholas Campbell for the 1920’s. I saw some amazing sunsets and spent a lot of time hanging out with horses. Here I am (left) with Josh Strait (right).
I read the book when it came out in 1996, but never imagined I’d be on set years later, working on the movie, chatting with the author.
The journey of getting this film made has taken 8 years, and is a stunning achievement. I’m proud to have been a small part of an important and moving piece of work.