Made-in-Windsor "futuristic comedy adventure" (con't)

It’s screening currently at the Toronto Independent Film Festival which runs at the same time as the Toronto International Film Festival.

The movie, which runs 108 minutes, was “99.9%” filmed in his Riverside Dr. condo, but with using a green room to give the background an authentic look, with space ship designs from a Russian on the other side of the planet with whom O’Neill hooked up.

From a preview the movie seems a cross between recently well-known sci-fi and sex comedies, with lots of screwball scenes and beautiful go go space age dancers.

Almost the entire cast came from friends and family.

“I wouldn’t say everyone’s been typecast, I’d say everyone’s been typecast,” O’Neill says.

That includes his dear old dad, Donald O’Neill, recruited all the way from New Brunswick for his starring role as King Dirk.

Meanwhile Sean himself plays dual brothers Rex Kyro and Tex Kyro.

The plot’s summary is this.

The father and sons rule the Red Star Galaxy.

Rex is in line to take over from his dad.

But he wants to find a girl to marry.

One big problem: King Dirk has outlawed marriage for heterosexuals.

But Planet Tropica, a female-dominated society, offers potential mates.

Hilarity ensues as Rex, having fallen in love with one of these rebel women, has to figure out how he’s going to bring back marriage equality to the galaxy, yet still stay loyal to his father.

Elena Hrvatin, O’Neill’s wife and co-producer, also stars as Elentis, the villain.

The movie has been a labour of love for O’Neill, who has long had a passion to make movies.


“To keep myself entertained, to exercise my brain a bit,” he says.

But after four years of shooting, “I didn’t think it would be that hard to make a movie, a bit naïve obviously,” he laughs.

He declined to say what it cost him to make the film but also didn’t ask for any handouts, from government or anyone else.

Modestly, he adds, “I didn’t really want to ask anyone else for money when I’ve never made a movie before.”

O’Neill hopes the flick will screen at other festivals including the Windsor International Film Festival this fall.

If so, he can’t release it beforehand under festival rules.

Otherwise he’s looking for distributors who will book independent films and could reserve a theatre, at his own cost, for a screening.

Stay tuned, or may the luck be with him.


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