Perth's Last Fatal Duel is about to be recreated on
Twenty-two year old Steve Cole, a third year film major at Sheridan
College, is attempting to provide his hometown with an accurate
portrayal of the historic duel as part of a school project.
The film comes as a gesture to Perth Mayor Lana March and other local
notables who assisted him with his audition for entrance into Sheridan.
After an interview with Mrs. March, she suggested Steve might do
something for Perth in his later endeavours.
The film, called A Matter of Honour, is adapted from a story in local
author Susan Code's book of the same name.
The story will be a reenactment of the Last Fatal Duel, involving the
cultural and historical events that led to the duel, the duel itself
and the ensuing trial.
Doug McNichol, Perth Museum curator, and Kathleen O'Flaherty, museum
board member, join Rick Cole of Kaleidoscope Entertainment in efforts
to assist Mr. Cole's son, Steve, with his film school project of
recording Perth's famous Last Fatal Duel on film. Ian Gray photo
Rick Cole, Steve's father, reports cooperation from the Town of Perth
is sure to make the film a success. A letter from town council
indicated this support.
The VHS film rights are reserved for the town and the Perth Museum.
"As this is a project which has a vast financial undertaking, the
producer (Steve Cole) is attempting to raise money through various
resources," Mr. Cole said.
Readers are invited to contact Perth Museum curator Doug McNichol
with fund raising suggestions.
The Coles are soliciting technical and artistic talent from the
community. PDCI students, under the guidance of Bev Garvin and
Carolee Mason, are assisting.
Mr. Cole said the duel was chosen as an opportunity to tell a true
"There are so many different versions of the story. A judge in the
1950s verified the facts, and Susan Code's story is an accurate
account," he explained.
"It lent itself toward film-making. There's action, a love
triangle, culture and different classes."
Some students from Sheridan are expected to help with the film.
There are 14 main characters in the film. Three actresses are
required. Two should appear to be aged 18 to 20, while the third
should look to be in her early- to mid-30s.
Costumes for the women are to be rented from the National Arts
Centre, and ladies' costumes from the 1830s are "on the small side."
Two to three extras are required for various shots.
Several actors are required, with four ranging in age from 18 to
22, and another four aged 30 to 35. There will be a part for an older
doctor, one middle-aged drunk character and a boy aged twelve to 14.
Two to three men may be used as extras.
Screen tests are slated for Monday, May 6 in Gym 3 at PDCI from 5
to 10pm. Call backs are to be held Wednesday, May 7 at the same
location. Everyone is encouraged to give it a try!
To register, send a fax to ###-#### with a brief portfolio and the
preferred time and date for a screen test. This will be done on a
first-come, first-served basis.
The projected date for shooting the complete film is June 22 to
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