Valerie Buhagiar, an award-winning filmmaker, has begun principal photography on “The Dogs,” an adaptation of Allan Stratton’s best-selling novel.
“The Dogs” follows a 13-year-old child named Cameron and his mother as they flee Cameron’s mentally ill father. Cameron suspects his mother of kidnapping him from time to time. The couple eventually settle in a derelict farmhouse near Wolf Hallow, where the previous owner, Frank McTavish, was slain by his guard dogs after his wife fled with their kid, Jacky, and her boyfriend.
The movie is currently being shot in Northern Ontario. It is co-produced by Wild Media Entertainment and 2ofaMind Productions, and is partially supported by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. James Milligan, Anthony Artibello, Sheila Rogerson, and Jason Jallet are among the producers. Executive producers include Paul Flint, Kevin C. Bjerkness, Perry Dellelce, and Brad Pelman.
Donovan Colan (“Spirit Halloween”), Kathleen Munroe (“Patriot”), Asher Grayson (“Kids vs. Aliens”), and Kris Holden-Reid (“The Umbrella Academy”) are among the cast members.
Buhagiar helmed the 2021 TIFF Industry Selects film “Carmen,” which also won Best Film at the Canadian Film Fest. Buhagiar’s 2018 film “It’s Hard to Be Human” won Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival.
““The Dogs” is a powerful script beyond being a genre film, it has a poignancy that chills. Our young protagonist fearlessly propels us forward in search of the truth and doing what is right. This is the kind of story I want to tell,” Buhagiar said in a statement.
“The Dogs” is currently out to market seeking domestic and international distribution.