Screening planned for The Disappeared in Wolfville

Wendy Elliott
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The Disappeared, which was filmed off the coast of Lunenburg, will be screened on May 16 in Wolfville. - Submitted

The Disappeared, shot on the open ocean off the coast of Lunenburg, will be screened at The Al Whittle Theatre on May 16 at 7 p.m. It is the gripping tale of six men determined to row home after their fishing boat sinks far out at sea.

It is September on the North Atlantic. A fishing boat sunk and went down fast. The crew escaped in two dories, along with the scant supplies they could grab – some food, bits and pieces of gear, a compass and rum. They have been drifting further and further from where they sank and there is no sign of rescue. The decision is made to row for shore, a risky gamble at best.      

Writer/director Shandi Mitchell said, “The story began after I spoke with a 92-year-old who had worked on the ocean his entire life. I asked him if he had ever been afraid. He looked away and answered ‘once’, after his boat went down and he and his crew had to find their way home.”

The screening will also include a visit from The Disappeared stars Brian Downey and Neil Matheson. Following the showing, a question and answer session will be held with the actors to discuss behind-the-scenes and making the film.

Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre

Geographic location: Wolfville, Lunenburg, North Atlantic

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