TORONTO (July 23, 2015) – Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment, and Hulo Films announced today that Donald Sutherland has signed on to star in feature film Milton’s Secret, a coming of age drama based on the book of the same name by critically acclaimed author Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now, A New Earth) and Robert Friedman. Barnet Bain (What Dreams May Come) is confirmed to direct the feature that begins principal photography this Fall in Toronto. Additional cast members will be announced soon.
Milton’s Secret focuses on 11 year-old Milton Adams who is growing up in an uncertain world. With his parents constantly stressing about their careers and finances, and the neighborhood bully tormenting him, Milton feels his whole world is in crisis. But when his Grandpa Howard (Donald Sutherland) comes to visit, he discovers anxiety about the past and worrying about the future only make things worse and prevent him from finding true happiness moment to moment.
“Milton’s Secret is a very special project,” said Sean Buckley, Founder and CEO, Buck Productions. “Milton’s relationship with his grandfather is the key to Eckhart’s story and no one will be able to embody Grandpa Howard better than Donald Sutherland.”
“This project is close to my heart, as I love movies that not only entertain, but also contribute to the awakening of human consciousness,” said Eckhart Tolle, co-author of Milton’s Secret. “I’m confident that the team behind the film will bring a beautiful, transformational message to audiences and I’m looking forward to seeing Milton’s Secret brought to life on screen.”
The Maritimer, Donald Sutherland, has appeared in more than 150 films and television series. He is currently seen as President Snow in the enormously popular film adaptation of The Hunger Games books. Since the mid-1960s he has had memorable roles in Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen; Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H; Robert Redford’s Ordinary People;
Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now; Brian Hutton’s Kelly’s Heroes; Joe Wright’s Pride and
Prejudice; Fred Scepisi’s Six Degrees of Separation; Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers; Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys; John Landis’s Animal House; and many others. Sutherland co-produced, wrote, and voiced Captain Johnson in the animated movie based on William Gilkerson’s Governor General’s Award winning novel, Pirate’s Passage. He has starred in Toronto, London, and Los Angeles in the stage productions of Enigmatic Variations. On Broadway he starred in Jon Robin Baitz’s Ten Unknowns at the Lincoln Center and in Edward Albee’s adaptation of Nabokov’s Lolita as Humbert Humbert. Sutherland was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1978, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in France in 2007 and five years later, in 2012, the French Government made him a Commandeur des Arts et Lettres. He has also won two Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy award, a Genie and has received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame. His sense of humour is distinctly Canadian.
With Oprah and Deepak Chopra among his fans, Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and author who makes an impact. Born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge, Tolle experienced a profound inner transformation at age 29 that radically changed the course of his life. Tolle is the author of the #1 New York Times best sellers The Power of Now and A New Earth. Each of these have sold more than seven million copies in English with The Power of Now published in more than 40 different languages and read extensively in more than 100 countries around the world. Tolle is a sought-after public speaker and teaches and travels extensively throughout the world. Tolle resides in Vancouver, BC.
Milton’s Secret is produced by Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment, and Hulo Films. Producers are Sean Buckley (Defendor, WolfCop, Pretend We’re Kissing) for Buck Productions, Fred Fuchs (The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Secret Garden) for Riverside Entertainment, as well as Stephen Huszar and Ryan Lockwood for Hulo Films. Barnet Bain is director/writer with Donald Martin and Sara B Cooper also serving as writers.
About Buck Productions
Buck Productions is a leading content creation company that has seen success in feature films, television, branded content, documentaries, and commercials. Considered one of the most diverse production houses in North America, owner and CEO Sean Buckley has cultivated a concept-first culture, where ideas and end- products are paramount. Buck is one of North America’s foremost production companies.buckproductions.com
About Hulo Films
Hulo Films is an award-winning content production company that specializes in extending unique stories across platforms. Founders, Stephen Huszar and Ryan Lockwood developed Milton’s Secret to bring a transformational message to a global mainstream audience.
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