Invasive species feature in movie shot in BC’s Okanagan
Invasives is a psychological drama premised on the discovery on an invasive insect.
An independent Canada-Switzerland film co-production has been shooting in and around Kelowna, BC, from a script premised on the discovery of an invasive species that could threaten the region’s fruit production. The film’s press release doesn’t go into detail about how this plays out but the theme of nature, human and otherwise, appears to be at the heart of the story. The film has been written and directed by Sophie Jarvis.
Jarvis is a Vancouver-based writer and director whose work has been screened internationally. This is her first feature-length film. Jarvis spent her childhood visiting family in Summerland, BC, where her mother grew up. The press release says that since childhood she has been struck with the beauty of the Okanagan landscape, its seasonal changes, and “the sensory overload of tastes and visuals that have stayed with her.” This location is the inspiration for the film’s story.
According to the press release, Invasions is a psychological drama about a pregnant cannery worker who, after discovering what she believes to be an invasive insect in a peach, must convince her community that the danger it poses is very real.
“My intention with this film is to present a story that subverts expectations, the title has many meanings within the story,” Sophie Jarvis said. “The theme that runs throughout the film is that that which is under the surface, will eventually come to light. It speaks to how nature is out of our control.”
The BC producers of the film are Tyler Hagan, Magali Gillon-Krizaj and Sara Blake.
Invasions is a co-production with Switzerland and, was made possible through the support of Telefilm Canada, CRAVE, Creative BC, Harold Greenberg Fund, Swiss Federal Office of Culture, RSI (Radiotelevisione svizzera) and Swiss Funders. The production is headed by SSMT Productions Inc. in association with: Experimental Forest Films, Ceroma Films and Reign Films. Cinédokké, Michela Michi and Olga Lamontanara are co-producers.
Source: The Okanagan Film Commission.