Monday was the first day of principle photography for the sci-fi thriller Painkillers starring Colm Feore along with Calgary-born actress Eric Durance and Battlestar Galactica‘s Tahmoh Penikett, Lesley Ann Brandt, Julia Voth and Calgary actors Tom Carey, Roger LeBlanc and Travis Friesen.
Stricken with apparent PTSD from their mission in Afghanistan that went horribly awry and now confined to a remote rehabilitation facility with only the faintest memories of the mission or their previous lives, a team of three men and two women must figure out if what little they know about themselves is true.
Painkillers will be shot over a 15-day period using a strong contingent of Alberta cast and crew, according to Calgary-based producer Andrew Ferns. A decommissioned Carewest facility in Bridgeland will substitute for the creepy remote hospital. Drumheller will be used for scenes involving Afghanistan.
Painkillers was written by Jason Groce, Kirk Roos and Peter Winther. Winther’s past credits as a producer include blockbusters such as Independence Day and The Patriot. He is also directing the film.
Ferns says producers are hoping for a theatrical release and aiming for a spot at next year’s Toronto International Film Festival.