I know I’m late to the dance with this bit of news, but I’ve been trying to update all my sites with new layouts and also I’ve had some personal things going on that have required my focus elsewhere. My partner was hospitalized with a bad virus that almost took her life. In the process of diagnosing her virus, they found that she also had a previously undiagnosed heart condition. She is to undergo surgery for it next week. So for the next little while I’ll be focused on her recovery from that. If anything on Laura does come up, I’ll try to post. I know I still have her TRAVELERS screencaps as well as her final VAN HELSING episode, plus some HQ stills I was able to get from the show. Please be patient as I get my backlog cleared.
Police Mom starts filming in Oak Bay
Oak Bay will soon have a new police officer on duty, but you won’t find Laura Mennell’s name on the district’s payroll or wearing its police department uniforms.
When the Surrey-born actor starts cruising the streets of Oak Bay Village, she’ll be doing it as the star of Police Mom, a made-for-TV movie that begins a 14-day shoot in the capital region today.
“It’s a woman-in-jeopardy project,” says producer Amar Balaggan, whose crime drama is being produced by Police Productions Inc. and Odyssey Media Inc. for Lifetime.
Mennell, best known for her work on the SyFy shows Alphas and Haven and movies including Flight 93 and Watchmen, plays an officer who cares for the daughter of a murder witness because the witness is hospitalized after being shot by the killer. While the police hunt down the drug dealer who pulled the trigger, he is hellbent on finding and eliminating the eyewitness.
“There will be shootouts, but no big car chases,” said production manager Rob Willey, the local musician and filmmaker whose own wilderness thriller, Dark Cove, has just been released on platforms including iTunes.
Police Mom has a supporting cast including Aaron Pearl (Bates Motel, The Killing), Marcus Rosner (Mistresses, Infidelity in Suburbia) and Naomi Simpson.
Greater Victoria will be passed off as Portland, Oregon, and other locales in the Pacific Northwest and California.
“Victoria has such beautiful locations that are hard to find elsewhere,” said Balaggan, whose producing credits include Justice Unleashed, Campus Caller and the teen vampire movie Forever 16.
The Vancouver-based filmmaker was also line producer on Suddenly, Uwe Boll’s 2013 thriller starring Ray Liotta, Erin Karpluk and Michael Paré about assassins who pose as U.S. Secret Service agents.
“We’d like to hire more people and train them because we hope to do other projects here,” said Balaggan, whose other potential local films would be produced through his own company.