Fore! Film takes a swing at Sydney tar ponds
Submitted photo by Carrie Ellen Gabriel
From left, Kevin O'Keefe (Lefty McKinnon) and K.C.- Coombs (Carmie McKinnon) star in The Tar Ponds Loonie Give-Away.
Toronto- What's so funny
about toxic waste? According
to the makers of The Tar Ponds
Loonie Give-Away, plenty.
The made-in-Cape Breton political
satire, which premieres Feb. 13 at The
World. of Comedy International Film
Festival being held at the Town Hall
Theatre in Toronto, stars K.C. Coombs
and Kevin O'Keefe as an unsuspecting
couple who win the Sydney tar ponds in
a government contest.
While they realize their dreams by
turning the land into a golf and country club,
the problem is the golf course
is built on Canada's worst toxic waste
site and no one ever makes it to the 18th.
Both Coombs, a Montreal based
actor, and O'Keefe, an award-winning
producer at Vision TV in Toronto, were
born on the island and also served as
producers of the independent low-bud-
Shot on location using a mainly local
cast and crew (including Heather
Rankin of Mabou's The Rankins), the
film is directed by Romy Goulem, whose
award-winnning first film, The Drive, has
played to audiences around the world.
With just an 11-page outline to use as
a script, the entire picture was improvised.
"The film is a labour of love," said
Coombs, who compared the process to
"In both cases I'm thrilled with the
results and glad it's friggin' finished."
O'Keefe said he is "thrilled" the film
is screening on Friday the 13th.
"You'll see the unluckiest couple in
the world win the worst prize on the
unluckiest day of the year," he said.
"I hope the premiere of our film goes
better than the opening of their golf
Meanwhile, Coombs and O'Keefe are
hoping the film will be accepted into the
Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax this
September. If so, they plan to have a
screening in Sydney around the same