Parrywinkle, Sept. 21, 2017


PHOTO BY PETER MUNDIE While attending the screening of Café de Flore at Hudson Village Theatre a few years ago, Jean-Marc Vallée was pleased to autograph a souvenir poster in the lobby.

Unfortunately, because of a more pressing previous engagement and budget limitations - yeah, right - my beautiful Sunshine and I were unable to attend the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night on behalf of Your Local Journal. Hosted by Stephen Colbert and honouring, as it did, the best and brightest of the small-screen.

But I was thrilled to see on TV that a gentleman who is a big fan of Hudson and who has appeared here in person for four of his films screened by the Hudson Film Society (HFS), walked away with his first Emmy Award for his work as director and executive producer of HBO's miniseries, Big Little Lies, which garnered no less than eight in all.

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HUDSON HOLLYWOOD - I'm referring, of course, to Quebec writer and director, Jean-Marc Vallée, who I had the pleasure of chatting with at HFS's screenings of C.R.A.Z.Y., Café de Flore, The Young Victoria, and The Dallas Buyers Club. And a nicer, more modest and down-to-earth guy you couldn't wish to meet. And that's not a lie folks. Big or little!

A sentiment obviously shared by HFS president Clint Ward who told me this week that he last met with his friend Jean-Marc in Toronto on December 23 last year when they had dinner together and he explained that he had in fact visualized and shot Big Little Lies - starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman - as a feature film as opposed to individual segments of a TV series. And that he then edited it and ran it as such in seven episodes.

Sheesh, talk about Hudson Hollywood. Patrick Dempsey still filming here and now the Vallée connection! For future HFS screenings, by the way, go to hudsonfilmsociety.ca.

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THE ENVELOPE PLEASE - And now - with yet another Hudson connection - to a second upcoming prestigious awards gala in the world of entertainment that I'm really looking forward to. Namely, the 5th Annual META's (Montreal English Theatre Awards) being staged October 23 at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal that recognizes and celebrates outstanding artistic work in this domain.

And here's why. In the category, Outstanding Community Production, of the five nominated shows, three are from two Hudson-based, non-profit volunteer groups which staged them at Hudson Village Theatre (HVT) here in town. Namely, The Hudson Music Club (HMC) for Into the Woods, and the Hudson Players Club (HPC) for The Great Gatsby and Balconville. The other two being Little Shop of Horrors by the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society, and Ruddigore staged by Lakeshore Light Opera.

Said Gail Marchand, president of HMC that won in 2012 for Oklahoma!, “It is an honour to be nominated in such great company. Regardless of who actually takes home the trophy, we all share the same vision. Doing all that we can to keep English theatre alive and well here in Quebec.”

Bravo to all. And will keep you posted!

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BARNSTORMING BECKETT - Speaking of the Hudson Players Club - which will be presenting its Annual Evening of Humorous Readings at HVT tomorrow, Friday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $10 for non-members – I just learned from publicity chair, John Sheridan that it will be teaming up with local merchants and artisans to present Beckett in the Barn with Samuel Beckett’s classic dystopian tale, Endgame, in mid-October. The barn being the one just behind the 2 Barn Owls Boutique, 420 Main, in Hudson.

Explains director, Chris Gobeil, “In a play like Endgame, which challenges so many of our preconceptions, using an alternative space like the barn will only add to the visceral impact of this piece.” Adds Mavis Martin, 2 Barn Owls co-owner, “We are always looking for different ways of using the barn as a performance venue. We’ve had a variety of live music in here and theatre just seems like a natural fit!”

I just realized that if I write any more, it won't fit here! So...

That's a wrap!

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