Turn back the clock: In the seventies, actor John Cullum started working on a movie script, "The Secret Life of Algernon" based on a book by the highly praised author, Russell Greenan. John wrote/ re-wrote the screenplay -- oh my -- more than ten times, based on what agents and producers said, when they turned it down. Finally, in 1995, a producer offered to produce it. She'd made only one film, but it won an award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Of course, we said yes.
Small problem -- that it had to be "Canadian" became an ever larger issue. A Canadian writer had to be hired and credited as a co-writer; the director and cast had to be Canadian.
Synopsis: Algernon lives alone, making things out of bones. Wen we meet him he's boiling a neighbor's dead dog for it's bones, and chatting with a porcelain cat. A ailing Korean War buddy visits him, commits suicide, and leaves Algernon a million dollars in a suitcase. A woman, claiming to be interested in Algernon's Egyptologist great-grandfather, pretends to be in love with Algernon, who finds himself falling in love with her.
Award-winning Canadian director of "Anne of a Thousand Days," directed Algernon. Cast includes Charles Durning and Carrie-Ann Moss. Here's a quick look.
I wish we'd done a indie film in our backyard. We had an idea, but it seemed like too much hard work at the time.