Parks Canada rejects movie shoot over First Nation depiction


tay
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Action star Liam Neeson is to play an honest snowplow driver whose son is murdered by a local drug kingpin. He then seeks to dismantle the cartel, but his efforts spark a turf war involving a First Nations gang boss, played by First Nations actor, musician and Order of Canada member Tom Jackson.

A movie production team was denied permission to shoot in the Rocky Mountain national parks after Parks Canada staff learned the film's plot involved a First Nations gang leader.

"They expressed a real concern that this was not something they would favour," said Mark Voyce, location manager for a film project that had been scheduled to start shooting later this month.

Voyce, who has previously organized movie shoots in national parks from Newfoundland's Gros Morne to Pacific Rim on Vancouver Island, said the team began the application process with Parks Canada in December. He said he believed that by last week, only a few details needed to be cleaned up and that permissions would be granted.

Then, late last week, came a phone call.

"They phoned and asked, 'Is the leader of the rival gang in this picture First Nations?' We said yes. That became an obvious last nail in the coffin for us.

"They didn't want to offend anybody. They (said they) would get back to us, but they had grave concerns over subject matter. They told us that in almost exactly those words."

On Monday, Voyce received a letter from Parks Canada listing eight requirements, including the possible need for an environmental assessment.

Parks Canada rejects movie shoot in Rockies after learning of First Nations character - Calgary - CBC News
 
Locutus
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I'd deny the shoot on the grounds liam neeson is a sh!t actor.

but I guess this we don't wanna maybe hurt someone's feelings thing is stupid too.
 
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