A Movie We Could've Made
Back in 2006, when the $12-million BC Experience tanked after a few weeks in business, it occurred to me that the money would’ve been better spent by investing it with Atom Egoyan. As readers know, this city is rich with weird stories. If the most respected filmmaker to grow up here was commissioned to dramatize a few, I calculated, his film would promote Victoria a thousand times more effectively than any tourist attraction.
Too late. Guy Maddin has made just such a film about his own home town, the fantastic My Winnipeg. Thick with urban legends and demented takes on municipal history, its sensibility is completely in tune with the Unknown City books. The movie (budget: $600,000) opens tomorrow at the Odeon cinemas downtown. Go see it. And then dare to ask, What If ?
PS We can learn from this. Movies and TV shows glamourize their locations, and bring in tourists. All too often, though, the stuff shot here pretends to be set in Seattle or California. Why not offer an extra tax break to films and shows that are identifiably set in Victoria?