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Spotlight on Harry’s Island

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Harry's IslandDirector Anna Justice standing on location in Northwest Cove

Harry’s Island is a German-language film set in Nova Scotia. It is being produced by Sven Woldt and Oliver Luer of Munich, Germany’s Ariane Krampe Filmproduktion GmbH and Halifax’s Vertical Productions Inc.Ann Bernier and Chris Zimmer, partners in the production company Vertical Productions Inc., join us to share more about this international project.

Tell us what the film is about.
To summarize the plot line, seventy-five-year-old Harry, recently released from a prison term in Germany, travels to Nova Scotia where he and his wife owned a small island. On arrival, he finds that the Island is now occupied by an eccentric woman, sixty-five-year-old Susan, who is fleeing from a nursing home confinement.  Both seek solitude and space and find a way to survive a series of adventures that help them both forge a new friendship.

Why Nova Scotia?
The writers, Scarlett Kleint and Alfred Roesler Kleint, live on the South Shore, so naturally the script is written with its principal location in Nova Scotia. The film will be shot on the Aspotogan Peninsula as well as in Halifax, Nova Scotia in September and October of 2016, and the post-production will take place in Berlin and Munich.

Tell us about your crew.
The production is directed by Germany’s Anna Justice.  Anna’s most recent film Tag Der Wahrheit won numerous Best Feature awards and her film Remembrance has won many audience awards. The two lead roles will be played by the popular German television stars Wolfgang Stumph and Katrin Sass, and all of the other roles will be played by Nova Scotians. Our Canadian crew also includes Production Designer Bill Fleming, Production Manager Elizabeth Guilford, Wardrobe Designer Martha Curry, Casting by Sheila Lane and other well-established crew from Nova Scotia.

Where will Harry’s Island air?
This all-German-language film will screen on Germany’s ARD first channel for their Saturday night family movie program. The program reaches an audience of over 4.5-million viewers – great exposure for Nova Scotia!

Harry’s Island is qualified to receive funding through the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund. To learn more about filming in Nova Scotia and accessing the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund please visit NSBI.ca/filmapplication.

Use our Film Fund Estimator tool to estimate funding available for your Nova Scotia production.