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Look out for Whitey
By Staff

<A Legend of Whitey: Western Confidential>

(October 14, 2011 - Toronto, Ontario) You probably know David Lawrence and Paul Spence from their previous roles in Fubar I and Fubar II. Now they're back in a campy Western comedy that, according to a media release, "captures Alberta’s landscape and pokes fun at its bigoted origins." A Legend of Whitey is set in 1885. Wild bison are scarce in the North West Territories. Luther Giddings (Paul Spence), a scout of mixed blood returns to the buffalo ranch where he was born to reunite with his half brother, William Turner (Dave Lawrence). Greeted by a rag tag posse of racists, homophobes and gossips, the only kindness Luther receives is from the rancher’s effeminate son.

Dave Lawrence first began developing this project in late 2005 with long time friend and comedy partner Paul J. Spence in Montreal. With the assistance of Telefilm Canada, they worked on the screenplay for three years.

Lawrence had a dream of shooting the film where the pair had grown up and relocated to Alberta in order to trigger funds, research Alberta’s past and let the landscape inspire him. “I was born and raised in Alberta. Like so many kids here, I had a real love for Westerns. They are simple moral tales of good versus evil, heroes and villains, mystical Native sages. I recognized the landscape in many American Westerns as the landscape of the <A Legend of Whitey, 2011 movie poster>province I grew up in. I wanted to make a unique Canadian Western in this landscape. I wanted to tell the story of characters that somehow did not fit in the new Canadian west.“

Best known to metal heads the world over as Fubar's Terry, A Legend of Whitey: Western Confidential (its full title) marks the directorial debut of Dave Lawrence. Adding a highly personal touch to the project, he plans to travel across Canada and will personally introduce his film at every stop along the way.

Born and raised in Calgary, Lawrence trained in improvisation at the world-renowned Loose Moose Theatre Company under the tutelage of Keith Johnstone. It was there that he developed his original ‘banger character, ‘Terry’ inspiring the 2002 cult hit film, Fubar directed by Michael Dowse.

Paul Spence also grew up in Calgary and has been active in improvisation since he was 16. Like Dave Lawrence, he too honed his talents at the Loose Moose Theatre Co. until he was 19. That's when he moved to Northern B.C. to work on the pipelines. Spence then moved to Montreal where he got his degree in English Literature and applied this new knowledge as he toured with his band the Daylight Lovers. In 2000, when he wasn’t teaching children how to play heavy metal bass guitar, he and his band toured the Eastern U.S. and Canada in support of their full length CD on Sympathy Records. His big screen credits include It’s All Gone Pete Tong, I’m Not There, Peepers, and The Trotsky.

Spence and Lawrence were thrilled for another project to work together on and were eager to explore a totally different set of characters. "We wrote this story hoping to create two new characters that, like in our previous collaboration, had a palpable on screen bond," said Spence. "We both come from a comedy training background and we had some specific ideas and themes we wanted to explore creatively together."

A Legend of Whitey: Western Confidential, which had its premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival, is playing this week at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas in Vancouver as well as at the Paramount Theatre in Kamloops.

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