08 Sep Feature Film The Disappeared to Star Billy Campbell and Shawn Doyle
Shooting Starts September 12, 2011 off the coast of Lunenburg, NS
Halifax, NS – September 8, 2011– The Disappeared, Shandi Mitchell’s compelling character study
of six men lost to the unyielding power of the North Atlantic Ocean, begins filming September 12 in
Lunenburg, NS. The cast features Billy Campbell, Shawn Doyle, Brian Downey, Gary Levert, Ryan
Doucette and Neil Matheson.
“We did extensive auditions amongst local actors and we’re privileged to have them joined by Billy
and Shawn,” said writer and director Shandi Mitchell. “Each of these actors has some personal
connection to the sea and I can’t imagine a better ensemble to bring this story alive.”
Billy Campbell, of AMC’s Emmy Award nominated hit series The Killing, joins the cast as Mannie,
the first mate. Campbell’s resume includes recurring roles on The O.C., Dynasty, Once and Again
and Melrose Place, along with performances in Ghost Town, Enough and Bram Stokers’ Dracula.
Named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People, Campbell’s love of sailing and the sea
drew him to this independent project.
Labrador-born actor Shawn Doyle, best known as Joey in HBO’s Emmy-nominated hit series Big Love, plays the role of harpoon striker Pete. The multi-award winning actor has appeared on Desperate Housewives, Lost,24,CSI, Lie To Me and most recently starred as Arkady Balagan in the Gemini-nominated series Endgame. In 2009 he produced/starred in the Sundance World Competition Selection Grown Up Movie Star. In the upcoming film John A: The Birth Of A Country, he portrays Sir John A.Macdonald.
Veteran Canadian actor and musician Brian Downey plays Captain Gerald. Downey, who most recently played Drake, Rutger Hauer’s nemesis in Hobo With a Shotgun, won an Outstanding Performance Award at the Atlantic Film Festival for Whirligig and was the star of Lexx for its seven year run. Merv the bosun is played by Nova Scotia based actor Gary Levert, whose notable resume includes international projects filmed on the Canadian east coast. His latest credits include the television mini-series Moby Dick and the feature films Afghan Luke and Charlie Zone, both premiering at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival. Halifax based film and theatre performer Ryan Doucette is Gib, the cook and spotter. Doucette starred in Cloudburst, also premiering at this year’s Atlantic Film Festival. Local actor Neil Matheson rounds out the cast as young Dickie, the greenhorn, at sea for the first-time.
“With this cast of actors and Shandi’s beautifully rendered screenplay, we feel we have all the
makings of a film that will attract audiences and buyers around the world,” said producer Ralph
Holt. “Our thanks to Casting Director Sheila Lane, who helped pull this amazing group of men
Acquired by Astral’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, The
Disappeared was developed and is being filmed with the financial support of Telefilm Canada and
Film Nova Scotia with further development assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts and
the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
Two Dories Film Inc. is a Nova Scotia company created to produce the theatrical feature film, The
Disappeared, for national and international distribution. Follow The Disappeared online at www.twitter.com/disappearedfilm and on Facebook.
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