Cameron Monaghan plays Luke Hunter in the upcoming Sepia film Anthem. Production began on Asher Road in Rutland, Friday, March 31. - Image Credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

Movie features local cast

Anthem is filming in Kelowna until April 15 and includes a cast from the community

Mount Boucherie Grade 12 student Judah Hinter loves to cook and aspires to be a chef, but for now he’s landed an acting gig.

Hinter says it was a funny story on how he was cast as Chad in the upcoming teen drama Anthem.

“I’m in school to become a chef, and decided I’m going to take an easy course this semester, Foods and Nutrition. I’m sitting there with my friends and the principal pulled me out of class,” recalled Hinter. “I was thinking ‘what is it this time, what am I in trouble for?’ He walked me outside and the (director and recruiting members said) you’d be perfect for this part. I’m like ‘sure, why not.’”

Hinter looks the part for the film set in the 1990s as he usually wears a leather jacket, a Blue Jays hat and kept his shoes for the role.

“It’s a throwback that I would wear those, you know?” he said, noting that he plans to follow his passion of cooking, but wouldn’t mind being in another film.

“I think my passion is being a chef, I love cooking, I love seeing people try the food, so that’s probably what I’m going to pursue,” he said. “I’ve been told I’m OK at acting. I’ve never been on set, I’ve never had any drama classes, nothing.”

Anthem is filming in Kelowna this month, continuing until April 15 as part of an 18-day shoot. The film stars Cameron Monaghan, Peyton List and Danny Woodburn

Monaghan plays Luke Hunter, a small-town teenager who splits his time with the druggie and popular crowd. One day, Hunter has a premonition one of his friends will be hit by a vehicle and killed. The event came true on Asher Street on Friday in Rutland.

The Capital News caught up with the production crew as they filmed the death scene.

It was a busy day for the normally less-than busy road which was blocked off with a scene containing a fake ambulance, police car, and body.

“Watch out for the body,” said a crew member, as cast and crew stepped casually around it.

Production coordinator Lori Welbourne said Kelowna has been helpful to Sepia Films in the past.

“Kelowna’s actually really good with helping us with this sort of thing, with blocking off a road and you can’t always get that in bigger cities,” she said, adding it’s more cost effective to block off areas in a smaller city.

The Kelowna community rallied to donate old ’90s equipment for the film, as well as adding local extras to the cast. It’s hard work being an extra, filming a mosh pit scene tired a few, but they’re happy to be involved on their spring break.

“I’ve always wanted to live in not the futuristic decade and live back when there were less electronics so it’s kind of cool replaying it,” said student Lola Rediski from Constable Neil Bruce Middle School.

Sepia Films has not set a release date, but will be doing a festival run prior to the movie’s theatrical release.

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