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Horror film ‘Within the Grip’ to be shot in Prince George

Norm Coyne, producer Barker Street Cinema

The latest film project to shoot in Prince George is officially in pre-production. Within the Grip will begin shooting in late August and will film exclusively in locations throughout the city. 

Vancouver based Black Moon Media will be partnering with Prince George’s Barker Street Cinema to shoot the socially conscious thriller with local crew. The production was attracted to the region based on the success of recent projects in the city. 

Barker Street Cinema’s Norm Coyne (The Doctor’s Case, A Great North Christmas) will produce the film, with award-winning filmmaker Kate Kroll (No Fun City, Shi-Shi-Etko) directing and executive producing. Local film industry supporters Cameron and Tammy Thun will also be executive producing the film. 

Among her many credits, Kate has garnered awards and grants from: The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Women in the Director’s Chair; the DGC; WIFTV; Canada Council for the Arts; The Whistler Film Festival; the NFB, and BravoFACT. Kate’s work has screened at TIFF, VIFF, ImagineNative, DOXA; and has been broadcast on Bravo, Super Channel, Knowledge Network, Vision TV, APTN, and Air Canada. She was also the official videographer for the Dalai Lama visit to Vancouver, 2014. 

“It’s been exciting to watch recent productions develop Prince George as a filming location,” Kate said. “I am thrilled to partner with this local crew to tell such a meaningful story.” 

Within the Grip is the story of two young girls and the fear of what lingers outside the safety of their home. It is a psychological horror story about one sister’s fight to save her older sister from a monster’s grip. The socio-cultural message of the film is particularly timely aimed at leaving audiences to reflect on particular dangers youth relentlessly face in today’s world. 

The film carries on the momentum of back to back successful productions of A Great North Christmas and The Way to the Heart which were filmed entirely in and around Prince George with local crew earlier this year. 

“Kate is a dynamo. I’ve followed her career as a fan for years,” said Norm Coyne. “The fact that we have the chance to work with such a bold voice in film right here in Prince George is another huge opportunity for our crew and the industry in the city.”

Casting is currently underway for the film. A casting call will be posted to the Barker Street Cinema website and social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Information is also available by emailing

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