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Cape Breton author’s silver screen dreams come true

HUBBARDS, N.S. – When Cape Breton-based author Lesley Crewe first started writing, she had no idea it would eventually turn into a published novel.

Now, her first book is being adapted into a feature film.

“It’s very surreal,” Crewe said.

“I couldn’t quite believe that these people were saying my words or that the scene was the same when I just wrote this downstairs in my basement.”

The romantic comedy, Relative Happiness, is being filmed this month on location in Halifax and the South Shore community of Hubbards.

It tells the story of Lexie, a 30-year-old bed and breakfast owner in Cape Breton, and her quest for love.

“She’s a smart lady and she’s independent and I think her whole story is kind of an epiphany for the modern-age woman,” said Melissa Bergland, the Australian actress in the role of Lexie.

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The cast also includes Genie Award-winning actor Aaron Poole, Jonathan Sousa from Rookie Blue, and Robb Wells from Trailer Park Boys.

Newfoundland-based director Deanne Foley says the film is a chance to showcase the East Coast.

“I’m always interested in telling stories that have universal appeal, but there’s something very Canadian and Nova Scotian about [this set],” Foley said. “We’re not pretending that we’re in Vermont. We are saying we’re in Nova Scotia and very proud of that.”

The independent Canadian production is a collaboration between St. John’s-based Wreckhouse Productions and Lady Hammond Entertainment, which is located in Dartmouth, N.S.

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