The movie that arguably has provided the most production excitement in the South Okanagan will hit Oliver’s big screen next month.
The Humanity Bureau, starring Nicolas Cage, is scheduled for a week of showings at the Oliver Theatre April 7 and 13.
The Canadian-made film is directed by Rob. W. King (Corner Gas and Moccasin Flats).
The movie, shot at South Okanagan locations in 2016 — including on Osoyoos Indian Band lands and in the Town of Osoyoos, is described as a dystopian thriller set in the year 2030.
The movie’s underlying premise has the world in a permanent state of economic recession and facing serious environmental problems as a result of global warming. That encourages the “federal government,” through an agency called the Humanity Bureau, to exile members of society deemed unproductive.
Mr. Cage plays a bureau casework who determines to save the lives of a mother and child banished through the agency.
The movie also features several prominent South Okanagan actors, including Destee Klyne, who was raised in Osoyoos, and her son Jett.
Jett has an upcoming role in Skyscraper, described as a hostage-action thriller set in China starring Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Neve Campbell.
Production for The Humanity Bureau created quite a stir in the Osoyoos community with Mr. Cage’s arrival. He was spotted — and photographed — in the local Buy-Low grocery store and paused to chat with staff.
The movie is reported to be part of a six-pack of science fiction, horror and action films produced in a partnership involving Regina-based Mind’s Eye Entertainment and U.S.-based Bridgegate Pictures that will bring even more actors and film crews to the South Okanagan.