It may have been the stage portrayal of Marie Antoinette during Theatre North West’s recent production of W.O. Mitchell’s The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon that brought it all to mind.
Or perhaps it was a closed-session meeting of sweet-toothed councillors at City Hall. No matter, the decree has gone out throughout this northern town with due pomp and circumstance:
Let them eat cake … with royal icing and lots of calories.
In honour of Prince George’s 100th anniversary (March 6) of its incorporation as a city, there was a cake cutting ceremony with esteemed dignitaries at City Hall on Friday.
The fanfare continued over the weekend at various venues including the Aquatic Centre, Cinema CNC Film Festival at PG Playhouse, The Exploration Place, FrancoFun Festival held at St. Mary’s Hall, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George and District Railway and Forestry Museum and at other places, by invitation only, such as the Civic Appreciation Dinner.
I thought of a way to have my cake, and eat it too, and also enjoy some dollar popcorn, dog tricks and a movie. So I went to see a Cinema CNC film pick: Big News From Grand Rock directed by Daniel Perlmutter.
The story centres around a small-town newspaper on the verge of being sold and the misguided efforts of its senior reporter/editor in trying to beef up advertising by coming up with some brilliant front-page stories. How Leonard Crane goes about finding his stories is the “colourful” and problematic part. If not for his rival and much bigger newspaper, The Citizen, his “borrowing” from old movie scripts may have gone undiscovered.
Ten minutes into the film, I had to wonder if Perlmutter had held a porcelain china cup to the adjoining wall and overheard our Monday Free Press editorial meetings, listening to the groans over the city’s pot hole pundits and not hearing any rustle of hands going up for those wanting to cover the ladies’ auxiliary book sale.
If I didn’t know better, I’d swear Perlmutter has worked undercover as one of our hard-hitting, soft-hearted reporters.
Truth is stranger than fiction, as they say.
The film was one of eight discovered and brought in for the 19th annual Cinema CNC festival by English professor Peter Maides (whose little black and white dog Bergman, now 13 years old and a veteran movie buff, does roll-over tricks on stage, much to the delight of the audience, before the movie begins.)
So this is my pitch for Cinema CNC.
It takes very little, per person, to support Cinema CNC and get to enjoy some really good films and as mentioned above, there’s always something for everybody in the line-up of chosen movies. Another one, Relative Happiness, took me back to my days in Kersley as a bed and breakfast operator.
Anyway, where else for the price of a single movie ticket, $8, do you get a chance at winning a white CNC t-shirt in the size of your choice or other goodies donated by local sponsors? There won’t always be birthday cake but there will be cheap popcorn. And not even Whistler, Cannes or Sundance Film Festivals can boast of openers that include shorts, shirts and canine capers.