• James Parry

A track back in time


PHOTO BY MARIE-CLAUDE BEAULIEU

Alain Bouchard – father of actor Justin Leyrolles-Bouchard - makes a cameo appearance as a station master in the filming of Pieds nus dans l'aube about the early life of Felix Leclerc. The crew from Production Attraction Images was filming the period piece at the Hudson commuter train station last weekend.

Movie making came once again to Hudson this past weekend when the town's historic train station on Wharf Road was bustling with appropriately-dressed families re-enacting a scene reminiscent of the early 1900s. Not that the train actually arrived nor departed – that will be added courtesy of computer-generated imagery (CGI) at a later date.

The 'passengers' were there for a one-day shoot for the French-language film, Pieds nus dans l'aube, an adaptation of a book of the same title written by the late Québécois cultural legend, Felix Leclerc - and adapted by his son Francis and Fred Pellerin - describing his days growing up in his beloved Quebec and where his childhood home in Vaudreuil-Dorion overlooking the Lake of Two Mountains is now a museum and visitor centre in his memory.

Produced by Production Attraction Images and starring Julien Leclerc and Justin Leyrolles-Bouchard, as well as Roy Dupuis, Marianne Fortier, and Catherine Sénart, and shot over 28 days primarily in Drummondville doubling for La Tuque, the film will open in cinemas this fall.

Said Marie-Claude Beaulieu, head of production for the shoot in Hudson, in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal,

“We were so pleased to have found this train station which is just perfect for the period and I must say that we have been extremely well received by the town and we thank them for their cooperation. The fact that it is now a beautiful theatre and home to the Hudson Film Society which we have been able to use in preparing for the actual shoot has made it even more special.”

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