From the multi-award winning creators of the hit series Flashpoint,¬†Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern, CBC and Temple Street Productions (Orphan Black) announce the start of production on the highly-anticipated original series CAMP X, shooting on location in Budapest, Hungary until the end of the October. The eight-episode, one-hour series is set to air in early 2015.
CAMP X is an emotionally driven adventure drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of a team of highly skilled young recruits – Canadian, American and British – torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. Inspired by remarkable true stories, CAMP X is about the origin of spycraft.
¬†Teaming up again with Ellis & Morgenstern is Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint, The Killing).The series’ international ensemble cast also includes Evelyne Brochu (Orphan Black, Pawn Sacrifice); Jack Laskey (Endeavour, Hatfields and McCoys); Warren Brown (Luther, By Any Means); Dustin Milligan (Demonic, 90210); Connor Price (Being Human, Carrie); Lara Jean Chorostecki (Hannibal, Copper); and special guest Francois Arnaud (The Borgias).
¬†”CAMP X is a story we’ve been burning to tell for a long time. ¬†It’s incredibly powerful to see it take shape in the hands of so many talented people,” say creators Ellis and Morgenstern.
See the full press release here.
“This guy’s a time bomb and you’re about to see what lights the fuse,” Dillon tells THR of prison guard Francis Becker’s breakdown.
The Killing continues to head into deeper, darker territory.
With Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) and Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) on the road to solving the season’s mystery of the dangerous serial killer targeting street kids, another story line is just as significant. Death row prison guard Francis Becker (Hugh Dillon) finds himself in “a dark duet” with imprisoned inmate Ray Seward (Peter Sarsgaard), behind bars for allegedly murdering his wife years prior.
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For Canadian actor Dillon, who appeared on Continuum and starred in Flashpoint, Becker is “giving a master class in dysfunction to tell you the truth,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s a product of his environment. He’s emotionally bankrupt. He’s struggling to keep some semblance of humanity.” He likens The Killing to “a poisonous flower: the more it unfolds, the more you’re in it and the more deadly it gets.”
Filming the scenes between Becker and Ray “couldn’t be better,” with the actor recalling a time when Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married) was directing he and Sarsgaard ‚Äî an actor Dillon admires. “This isn’t network television. It’s elaborate and so beautifully written and the kind of thing that as an actor you’re waiting to do and hoping you get to do these kind of roles,” Dillon says. “I look for parts and roles on film and shows I’m interested in that are exciting to be a part and this was that.”
Dillon characterizes the Becker-Ray dynamic as remarkably tense. “It’s a dark duel. It’s the antagonist’s antagonist. It’s the bad guy to the bad guy, who’s cloaked as an authority figure,” he says. “[The writing] instilled that kind of tension in the words and the characters.”
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Becker heads into “very dark” places, but Dillon reassures that hints of who this guy is have been inserted along the way. “As the [season] goes on, you see what the psychological baggage he carries with him is and that is his family,” he says. “He is the dark lord in the prison. He is the master of that domain. That’s why he has such a problem with Seward. His home life is, for a guy like that, so dysfunctional, it’s killing him.”
Acting primarily in a stale, static environment such as a prison wasn’t as challenging for Dillon as one might think ‚Äî though he “tended not to” look to past prison documentaries or films in preparation for the role. Having grown up in a town with five penitentiaries, Dillon was “aware of that environment,” instead speaking to correctional officers for research. “Shooting in such a dark, depressing place just helps you in every regard when you’re acting because going on to that set,” he says, “it’s a character in and of itself.”
In a show like The Killing, where every one is a suspect in the season-long mystery, Dillon knows that the light is also being shined on Becker. “There are a few episodes coming up where you go, ‘He’s the guy,’ ” he says.
The seventh episode of the season, “Hope Kills,” “really reveals Becker’s underbelly in terms of his home life and what makes him tick. This guy’s a time bomb and you’re about to see what lights the fuse,” Dillon says. “Ray’s a master manipulator. He chips at Becker to make him comfortable and react.”
How different of a place does Becker end up in at the end of the season? “It’s night and day,” Dillon says. “It comes down to the effect that this kind of job and this kind of lifestyle [has] ‚Äî it’s almost like post-traumatic stress. It affects every element of this guy’s personality, of his emotional life, of his humanity ‚Äî right down to his son and his wife. The end is a beautifully-written piece because it really shows the reverberations of crime and punishment on an individual.”
The Killing airs 9 p.m. Sundays on AMC.
Here’s what you have been waiting for! Hugh Dillon and Enrico Colantoni’s 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, short cuts Canada film ISSUES, can now be viewed outside of the theatre. A big thank you to Bravo!FACT for their immense support in bringing this project to life.