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Kamloops child actor's debut in supernatural thriller 'Monkey Beach' now available to stream

The supernatural thriller "Monkey Beach" is not available for streaming on Crave.
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January 14, 2021 - 11:06 AM

Kamloops actor Oliver Tru Sison's recent film debut is now available to watch on Crave.

Tru Sison is a 12-year-old in the Kamloops area who plays the role of Child Jimmy in a new film called Monkey Beach.

"He originally auditioned for a different movie about four years ago, but it didn't work out," Lori Sison, Oliver's mother said. Then about two years ago she said the opportunity came because the casting agents kept the original video file. 

"We're not a film industry family, it just kind of happened," she said.

The supernatural thriller is directed by Indigenous storyteller Loretta Todd. It tells the story of Lisa (played by Grace Dove) attempting to reconnect with her family in Haisla territory while learning to "coexist with the ghosts that haunt" her.

It was featured at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival and is based on a novel of the same name by B.C. author Eden Robertson.

Thompson Nicola Regional District film commissioner Victoria Weller says in a media release issued today, Jan. 14, Oliver's role is "a good start to a hopefully long and prosperous acting career."

Oliver's mother said they haven't pushed him to continue acting, but he did film in Vancouver for a potential Netflix series. 

Monkey Beach was filmed and takes place in Haisla territory near Kitimat. It features prominent Canadian actors like Adam Beach (Suicide Squad) and Grace Dove (The Revenant).

— This story was updated at 5:24 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 to include a comment from Lori Sison.

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