First Look at Cottage Country


“Be a good boyfriend and get the axe.”-- Cammie (Malin Akerman)


TORONTO, September 29, 2011. Whizbang Films’ darkly comedic feature, Cottage Country, has begun principal photography and the production has released the first image of Tyler Labine and Malin Akerman. Cottage Country stars Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), Akerman (Watchmen, The Proposal, Bang Bang Club, Couples Retreat), Daniel Petronijevic (Falling Skies, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil), and Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher, Dinner for Schmucks, Hot Fuzz). Cottage Country is directed by Peter Wellington (Slings & Arrows, Luck, Joe's So Mean to Josephine), written by Jeremy Boxen (Lost Girl, Endgame, Republic of Doyle, Warriors of Terra) and is produced by Frank Siracusa (Breakaway, Hobo With A Shotgun, Passchendaele) with Paul Gross (Passchendaele, Men With Brooms) and Frank Siracusa serving as Executive Producers. Filming runs from September 26 through October 27, 2011 in Muskoka and Toronto, Ontario and is slated for release in 2012. Todd (Labine) wants everything to be just perfect at the family cottage where he plans to propose to Cammie (Akerman). But things go awry with the arrival of Todd’s slacker brother Salinger (Petronijevic) and his free-spirited girlfriend Masha (Punch). When Todd accidently dispatches his irksome sibling with an axe, Cammie is determined not to let murder stand in the way of their happiness. "Cottage Country is a comedy about brotherly love, deceit and murder - something we can all relate to," says producer Frank Siracusa of Whizbang Films.


Cinematography for Cottage Country by Luc Montpellier (Take This Waltz, Cairo Time, Away From Her), with production design by Phillip Barker (Breakaway, Chloe, Adoration), costume design by Lea Carlson (Take This Waltz, This Movie is Broken, Oliver Sherman), editing by Christopher Donaldson (Take This Waltz, Act of Dishonour, Global Metal) and casting by Libby Goldstein in Los Angeles and Lisa Parasyn Casting in Toronto.

Cottage Country is developed and produced by Whizbang Films with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Media Development Corporation and distributed in Canada by Alliance Films.


Whizbang Films is a dynamic producer and distributor of high-quality, award-winning feature films and dramatic TV series. Headed by Paul Gross and Frank Siracusa, in 2011 Whizbang released Hobo with a Shotgun and Breakaway. In 2008 Whizbang released the World War I feature film Passchendaele, which received five Genie Awards including the Golden Reel Award for highest box office for a Canadian Film. Visit:


Alliance Films Inc. is one of the top five independent filmed entertainment companies in the world. A leading multinational distributor, co-financier and producer of filmed entertainment, its member companies, Alliance Films and Alliance Vivafilm (Canada); Momentum Pictures (UK) and Aurum Producciones (Spain), offer integrated delivery of content in all media.


Strategic partnerships include exclusive distribution rights to films from Relativity Media in Canada and the UK; Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Miramax and CBS Films in Canada; as well as ongoing relationships with Summit, FilmNation Entertainment, Exclusive Media, IM Global, Lionsgate International, Wild Bunch, Constantin Films, EuropaCorp and Nu Image in all three territories.


Key production alliances include: a co-production and acquisitions deal with Italy’s Medusa Film; a first-look deal with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman’s See-Saw Films which produced the multiple Academy Award® winner The King’s Speech; a joint venture with IM Global in the Automatik production company; and a deal with Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum that has produced the box office hit Insidious from director James Wan and the upcoming The Bay from filmmaker Barry Levinson.


Alliance Films and Alliance Vivafilm have a dominant presence in Quebec, maintaining numerous first-look deals with the most successful domestic producers with titles including De père en flic from Cinémaginaire, which delivered $10.8 million box office in Quebec alone to become the highest ever grossing title in that province, as well as Café de Flore, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Crazy, Young Victoria) and Le Sens de l'humour, directed by Emile Gaudreault (De Père en flic).


Current and upcoming films where Alliance Films has an equity position or otherwise enabled projects to be financed include: The Woman in Black, Safe, Area 51, Goon, and The Moth Diaries. Upcoming theatrical releases include: Safe (Canada & UK), Immortals (Canada), The Three Musketeers 3D (Spain and Canada), The Ides of March (Canada) and the continuation of the smash hit Twilight franchise (Spain).


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