“Still Stand­ing” in For­tune

CBC to film episode here in early Oc­to­ber

The Southern Gazette - - Saltwire Homes - BY COLIN FAR­RELL FOR­TUNE, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

Fans of the CBC Show “Still Stand­ing” in the town of For­tune will have an op­por­tu­nity to see what goes on be­hind the scenes as film­ing is set to be­gin in the town in early Oc­to­ber.

Hosted by New­found­land­born ac­tor/co­me­dian Johnny Harris, each weekly episode fea­tures a Cana­dian town that’s faced chal­lenges, but sur­vived with a col­lec­tive “do or die” at­ti­tude.

Mayor Charles Pen­well said be­ing fea­tured on Still Stand­ing will bring pos­i­tive pub­lic­ity for the town.

“It’s na­tional cov­er­age about our town — our con­nec­tion with St. Pierre and Miquelon,” he said. “So hope­fully it leads to in­creased tourism to the Burin Penin­sula, For­tune and St. Pierre.”

He said there is a bit of a buzz in the air about the show, but thinks it will start to build as crews be­gin ar­riv­ing in the com­mu­nity dur­ing the first week in Oc­to­ber.

Pen­well told The South­ern Gazette the show’s pro­duc­ers first con­tacted the town in the Spring, around May.

The town was no­ti­fied about a month and a half ago that they were cho­sen for an episode.

“One of their pro­duc­ers has been here and in­ter­viewed peo­ple—been around town,” added the mayor.

Why For­tune?

Anne Fran­cis, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of “Still Stand­ing”, said that the town met the show’s cri­te­ria.

In ad­di­tion to pure lo­gis­tics — travel, food and ac­com­mo­da­tions – Fran­cis said, “The rest is story and For­tune has a great story.

“The de­cline of the fish­ery and the clo­sure of the fish plant hit For­tune hard. Peo­ple have to go away to work, kids go away to school and don’t come back.

“For­tune has had its strug­gles, which is what we typ­i­cally look for in a town. But the fact that For­tune is the Gate­way to Saint Pierre and Miquelon was re­ally what got our at­ten­tion. Not a lot of Cana­di­ans know that you can take a quick ferry over to France. We thought that would be a fun story to tell.”

Film­ing will be­gin in the town on Oct. 4 and will con­clude on Oct. 10. The cli­max to the week will be a two-hour com­edy show at the For­tune Lion’s Club, fea­tur­ing Johnny Harris and with per­for­mances by Fraser Young, Gra­ham Chit­ten­den and Steve Dy­lan. Doors open 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.

The For­tune, NL episode will air in 2019 on CBC.

PHOTO COUR­TESY STILL STAND­ING

Ac­tor/co­me­dian Jonny Harris will be in For­tune in early Oc­to­ber to film an episode of his CBC show “Still Stand­ing.”

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