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REPORTING · 14th November 2011
Walter McFarlane
There is a new movie being produced in this region. Monkey Beach, based on a novel by local author Eden Robinson is getting ready to be turned into a movie. Monkey Beach won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

“Monkey beach is being directed by Loretta Todd and Joanne Monaghan has been very helpful,” said Robinson. “It could be a great opportunity to work in a film.”

Filming is scheduled to start in the summer of 2012, if all the funding comes through. Also working on the film is Tom Rowe and Reunion Pictures.

Robinson said there are opportunities for people from the community to get involved in the filming. “There is going to be a lot of need for extras, people in the trades, catering, there are a whole host of jobs that go with it.”

Mayor Monaghan announced the project at Council, reading a letter from Todd. “We are committed to filming in Kitamaat Village and working with the Haisla Nation to bring meaningful jobs and opportunities for our, contractors, trades people and especially young people. With also foresee opportunities for people and young people in Kitimat as a result of this project. In the long run, we feel Monkey Beach will bring attention to the beauty of the region, supporting tourism and trade. If it all goes well, we will be seeing you in 2012,” read Monaghan.

Robinson thanked Monaghan for the work she has done on the movie and her and Todd are grateful for the work she has done.