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Porcupine Lake plays Sunday at Barrie Film Festival

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) and Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall) become best friends during a hot hazy summer in northern Ontario. The two stars of Porcupine Lake will be in Barrie, along with a number of other cast members for Q&A after the screening of Porcupine Lake Sunday, Oct. 15. It is part of the Barrie Film Festival. JULIAN PAPAS/PHOTO

Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) and Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall) become best friends during a hot hazy summer in northern Ontario. The two stars of Porcupine Lake will be in Barrie, along with a number of other cast members for Q&A after the screening of Porcupine Lake Sunday, Oct. 15. It is part of the Barrie Film Festival. JULIAN PAPAS/PHOTO

The majority of the cast and key members of the crew of Porcupine Lake will be in Barrie for a Q&A after the film screening Sunday.

The film, which is shot in Barrie, Port Severn and Parry Sound is part of the Barrie Film Festival.

Porcupine Lake’s premiere sold out at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

It is touring and the film’s creator and director Ingrid Veninger will be in Busan, South Korea for a screening the same day it shows here.

Veninger has produced seven award-winning features in the past eight years.

She thought Barrie’s Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) was right for the story after meeting staff and taking a tour of the hospital.

It made an appearance in the film along with several local staff and

Dr. George Karasmanis had a cameo in a short scene as an emergency-room doctor. He is also expected to be attending the Barrie screening.

The story was inspired by Veninger’s childhood when she would spend summers in Port Severn.

She was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, raised in Canada and now lives in Toronto. She also has a local connection; she wrote one of the film drafts in Innisfil, at her family’s second residence in the Big Bay Point area. Some of the sets and props were also made there.

Her parents live in Collingwood and several members of her family helped out behind the scenes.

The story centres on two young girls who become best friends during a hot hazy summer in northern Ontario.

Charlotte Salisbury, a 16-year-old actor out of Windsor, plays 13-year-old Bea.

While Salisbury has appeared in a number of musicals on stage, this is her first film.

Her counterpart, Kate, is played by Lucinda Armstrong Hall, a young actor from Melbourne, Australia. She has been acting in professional shows since she was nine years old.

Some may have seen her on television in series Neighbours.

She has also acted in two features, Now Add Honey and Predestination. Porcupine Lake marks her first lead role and her first independent film.

The Barrie screening takes place on Sunday at Uptown Theatre, located at 55 Dunlop St. W., in downtown Barrie, beginning at 4 p.m. The Q&A follows. The drama has a PG rating.

Individual tickets are $10 each, online at www.barriefilmfestival.ca as well as at the box office.