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Donald Sutherland takes on Pirate’s Passage

Renowned Canadian actor Donald Sutherland has boarded the animated movie Pirate's Passage. Sutherland's production company, Martin's River Ink, has begun production on the movie, being animated in part by Ottawa, Canada-based PIP Animation Services.
November 5, 2013

Renowned Canadian actor Donald Sutherland has boarded the animated movie Pirate’s Passage. Sutherland’s production company, Martin’s River Ink, has begun production on the movie, being animated in part by Ottawa, Canada-based PIP Animation Services.

Pirate’s Passage is based on William Gilkerson’s novel, which won Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature in 2006.

Sutherland and partner Brad Peyton are co-writing and producing the film, with Sutherland voicing the lead character. Peyton is co-directing with PIP Animation’s Mike Barth.

Set in 1952 in Grey Rocks, Nova Scotia, Pirate’s Passage focuses on a 12-year-old boy who, although he is dealing with the death of his father and schoolyard bullying, is kept optimistic by a vivid sense of imagination and adventure. The sudden arrival of a sea captain, who becomes his mentor, changes his life.

Also starring in Pirate’s Passage is a slew of veteran and up-and-coming Canuck talent, including Gage Munroe (I Declare War, The Immortals), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Roy Moehner, Rossif Sutherland (King), Colm Feore (The Borgias), Megan Follows (Reign), Terry Haig (The Aviator), Paul Gross and Gordon Pinsent. Voice work will take place in Toronto and in Santa Monica, California’s POP Sound.

The film, which is slated to premiere on Canadian pubcaster CBC, received financing from the Canada Media Fund and the Cogeco Program Development Fund. Tandem Communications is distributing the film worldwide, outside of Canada.

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