December 31, 2015 - 10:30 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - The Interior has been featured in dozens of major motion pictures over the years, and 2015 was no different.
Go With Me, a full length feature starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta was filmed primarily in Enderby but locals across the Okanagan were able to meet the stars and some were even cast as extras. A select group of locals even got a sneak peak of the movie.
Producer Rick Dugdale says the area perfectly matched the small Oregon logging town in the script, which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Castle Freeman Jr. The story follows a young woman who returns home only to be harassed by an ex-cop. She reaches out to a former logger, played by Hopkins, to protect her.
The actors, particularly Hopkins, spent a lot of time touring the valley and making connections with locals. He graciously posed in numerous photos and signed many autographs.
“He embraced the area big time,” Dugdale says. “He loved the community and the people in it. You could just see it.”
Disney’s Tomorrowland — starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson — hit the big screen May 22. It too was filmed in the North Okanagan.
The mystery-adventure film directed by Brad Bird follows the danger-filled mission of a jaded scientist, Clooney, and an optimistic teen, Robertson, as they uncover the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory — known as Tomorrowland.
The film was shot in eight different B.C. cities, including Enderby, Armstrong, Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby, Delta, Langley, and Vancouver.
A production starring actors from the 80’s movie Flashdance and 50 Shades of Gray that was filmed in the Okanagan hit the screens in 2015.
Filming of Sepia Films' Wrecking Ball, also known as A Wife’s Nightmare, began in 2014, and stars Jennifer Beals, known best for her roles in Flashdance, The Book of Eli, and The L Word. Actor Dylan Neale, featured in Arrow, Cedar Cove and 50 Shades of Gray, also stars in the film.
The movie is about a woman named Liz who has just returned home after a mental breakdown. She is forced to welcome a stranger into her home when Caitlin, a young, vivacious woman, claims to be her husband's daughter. The family loves Caitlin, but Liz can't trust her, and this time she's not being paranoid.
Parts of the movie were filmed in a downtown Kelowna record store.
The highly anticipated return of X-Files also features scenes filmed in the Nicola region.
The six-episode series has at least one scene shot in the Ashcroft area. The original X-Files series, which premiered in 1993, also used several locations around Kamloops, Cache Creek and Ashcroft.
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