McGillion's Short Has Feature Film Aspirations

Grant and White from A FINE YOUNG MAN
McGillion as Mr. Grant and Wesley Salter as Mr. White in A FINE YOUNG MAN
Stargate star Paul McGillion was recently interviewed by The Niagara Falls Review about his new short film A Fine Young Man that will be making its premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The short film, which runs thirteen minutes, is set during the Cold War days of the 1960s. McGillion plays Mr. Barton Grant, one of two government men who go to a young man’s home to interview him for an important task. McGillion’s long-time friend Wesley Salter, who plays the other government man Mr. Bill White, co-produced the short, which was shot on 35mm film to give it the look of the period. The up-and-coming young Vancouver director Kevan Funk, who has had several short films accepted by film festivals world-wide, helmed the film.

“It’s very weird and unique in many ways,” McGillion told staff writer John Law about the short. “You come out of the movie thinking, which is great. It’s a dark satire. It critiques the moral contradictions of the times.” Law adds, “For the two Niagara buds, it’s a little project they have big plans for—if all goes well, it will lead to a full-length feature film.”

In addition to the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), A Fine Young Man is also slated to be screened at the Calgary International Film Festival (September 24 – October 3) and the Edmonton International Film Festival (September 24 – October 2), and is awaiting word on the Vancouver International Film Festival (September 30 – October 15).

McGillion also updated his fans on his other recent projects: not only does he have recurring roles in Sanctuary and possibly V, he also recently filmed a retelling of Hansel & Gretal for Syfy called Witchslayer, which also stars Shannon Doherty and Emilie Ullerup. Another film he shot a while back with Val Kilmer, The Stranger (aka The Traveler), is due to premiere in October.

The Stargate star can be seen this weekend at the Chicago Comic Con, which started yesterday, August 19, and ends this Sunday, August 22. After that, he’ll be at Dragon*Con in Atlanta from September 3-6.

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