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Based on the novel written by Lesley Crewe, Relative Happiness is the charming story of Lexie Ivy: a small business owner searching for a date to her sister’s wedding.
Relative Happiness, the novel, was written by Cape Bretoner Lesley Crewe and published by Halifax’s Nimbus Publishing, and was an instant success; her writing career took off, and she has since published seven additional novels, with an eighth in the works.
“I just did it for me, instead of knitting,” Crewe says about how she became an author. “I was trying to get out of housework!
The success of the book led to Nova Scotia producer Alan Collins optioning it for film, and partnering with Newfoundland producers Jill Knox-Gosse and Lynne Wilson to bring director Deanne Foley ( Republic of Doyle and Beat Down) on board to pilot the project.
The search for the perfect plus-sized actress to play Lexie Ivy was led by US casting director Nancy Klopper, and led the team to Australian actress Melissa Bergland (Winners and Losers). “She’s a star. Full stop,” said Foley.
The film’s soundtrack is bursting with local talent: big names like Joel Plaskett, Mo Kenny, David Myles, Dylan Guthro, and Rose Cousins round out the sweet story and gorgeous scenery of Relative Happiness. To explore the soundtrack and these artists further, visit the East Coast Music Association (ecma.com).
Between the book that acted as the sparkplug, the movie that acted as an international platform, and the soundtrack that acted as a way to tie three creative industries together, Relative Happiness is the perfect marriage of Canadian talent. “I’m so proud of what we all accomplished,” said Foley.