EDITORIAL: Movie may lead to more

The dividends from this summer’s time in the spotlight could potentially benefit the region for many years to come

The stars may have moved on to Vancouver and beyond but the good vibes from being a primary site for a Hollywood film may have just begun for the North Okanagan.

Ever since it was announced that Disney was possibly looking at a location in the Enderby area, the buzz, along with the accompanying media coverage and gossip circuit, went into overdrive.

And when the stars of the big-budget flick Tomorrowland actually came to these parts in the middle of August the hype ramped up even more.

And along with the hype for a $250-million budget movie came a crew of some 300 people and benefits for locsal restaurants, hotels and other service providers.

Not to mention that having Academy Award winner George Clooney and House star Hugh Laurie in the neighbourhood put the area in the spotlight for a considerable amount of time during tourist season.

And, apparently everything went well, according to the Okanagan Film Commission, which can only lead to more producers hearing about and, indeed, checking out the North Okanagan as a possible venue for even more films.

The film commission will now work hard to turn that promising development into more projects for the area.

What would really help, however, is if Tomorrowland, which is slated for release in theatres on Dec. 12, 2014, turned into a monster hit for Disney, and Clooney, and the North Okanagan.

Then the dividends from this summer’s time in the spotlight could potentially benefit the region for many years to come.

The Clooney-Disney-North Okanagan combo certainly gives it a great start.


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