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First feature film financed by SGF now being shot in Montréal

Whiteout is the first in a series of 15 films produced by Joel Silver, of which six will be made in Québec

Montréal, April 27, 2007 — Dark Castle, a production company owned by U.S. filmmaker Joel Silver, is in Montréal to shoot the film Whiteout.
In 2006, Société générale de financement du Québec (SGF) partnered with Dark Castle in a $270-million project to make 15 feature films over the next six years. SGF invested $18 million in the project and obtained the producer’s assurance that six of the films would be made in Québec. Whiteout is the first of these films, which will be made by Joel Silver, produced by Dark Castle and distributed by Warner Bros.
Whiteout will star the British actress Kate Beckinsale (Click and Van Helsing), Gabriel Macht and Tom Skerritt. Inspired by a comic drawn by Greg Rucka and directed by Dominic Sena (Swordfish and Gone in Sixty Seconds), this action thriller tells the story of a U.S. marshal assigned to Antarctica. Her peace is quickly shattered when she must investigate the continent’s first murder.
The six films to be made in Québec represent a total investment of $170 million, or an average of about $28 million per film. The productions will create 1,500 jobs (person-years) over five years, generating $53 million of wages and $12.4 million of revenues for the Québec government.
Joel Silver is one of the most dynamic producers in the business. In a career spanning three decades, he has produced almost 80 movies, including major hits such as The Matrix, Die Hard I and II, and Lethal Weapon. By partnering in this way with major film industry players, SGF contributes to the development of Québec’s film industry.

Société générale de financement du Québec (sgfqc.com), an industrial and financial holding company, has a mission to carry out economic development projects, with emphasis on the industrial sector, in co-operation with partners and on standard profitability conditions, in accordance with the economic development policy of the Québec government.

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