January 28, 2011
Keep an eye out for Afghan Luke
Sure, filming in the region is in a bit of a slump, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep an eye on some of the movies that have been shot here. The best one will likely be Afghan Luke and the Burgundy of Hash. It’s got a weird name, but the plot sounds great.
It’s directed by Mike Clattenberg, who also did Trailer Park Boys (movie and TV series) so right away we can expect something offbeat. The story involves a Canadian journalist in Afghanistan who does a story about Canadian soldiers possibly mutilating corpses only to find that it gets buried. Determined to get the truth out, he finds another publication to fund his return to Afghanistan. Unfortunately, he has to turn to a stoner magazine looking for a story about hashish in the region. It’s been described as a dark comedy.
Production on the film has apparently been completed, but I couldn’t find anything about when it will be released. It will definitely be worth watching, though — if only to see how the area around Cache Creek and Ashcroft was made to look like Afghanistan.