Kim TODD (Original Pictures Inc.), Nicola SCOTT (Limelight International Media Entertainment), Grant BRADLEY (Limelight International Media Entertainment), Richard STEWART (Limelight International Media Entertainment), Nicholas HIRST (Original Pictures Inc.)
Duane Lodge, a depressed looking man in his thirties, is so incompetent he can’t even manage his own suicide. But that’s as well, because, as he’s trying to kill himself an event happens in the street outside his apartment which is going to change his life. Workmen are digging a hole in the middle of his street. Duane’s street is in a grim industrial area of a larger North American city where neighbours don’t speak and lead miserable lives. The hole is being dug to provide Internet cable for a rich man who lives on a hill above the industrial area where Duane lives. The excavation uncovers a creek which has long been housed within a culvert under the road. Through a series of accidents and deliberate if mischievous acts, the hole fills with water and creates a pond in the middle of the road. Duane and a cast of strange and wonderful characters provide the pond with a dock, vegetation and wildlife and it becomes a play centre for the area’s children and changes the nature of the neighbourhood. Until, of course, the city authorities step in to put a stop to it. During the course of the fable-like comedy, Duane is tempted by the gorgeous assistant of the rich man on the hill, is tested by the forces that would fill in the pond that he and his characters created, and looks for true love. Written by Gavin Scott (The Borrowers), Paradise Creek is a whimsical, funny, uplifting story that nicely reflects today’s concerns for the environment while poking gentle fun at bureaucracy and creating in Duane, a genuine and intriguing modern hero.
Partners & financing
Original Pictures Inc. and Limelight International Media Entertainment are attached. Pre-sales required.