WWI battle of Passchendaele - Paul Gross movie.
Date: Wednesday, November 09 2005
Actor Paul Gross has finally pulled together funding for a film about Canada's military role in the battle of Passchendaele during the First World War.
He will star in and direct the $20-million feature, about a battle that he says has "more or less become synonymous with the futility of modern war."
The film will be released in Canadian theatres on Nov. 11, 2006, Remembrance Day.
Gross, best known for his role as the upright Mountie in the television program Due South, has spent the last decade trying to get the project made.
He was inspired by his grandfather, one of thousands of Albertans who fought in the small Belgian town in 1917. The main character of the film bears his grandfather's name, Sgt. Michael Dunne.