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Is that a boat in the shot? Curiosity seekers aboard vessels asked to avoid Cape Forchu film location

The lightkeeper's house, whistle house and lighthouse at the The Lighthouse film site at Cape Forchu. ERVIN OLSEN PHOTO
The lightkeeper's house, whistle house and lighthouse at the The Lighthouse film site at Cape Forchu. ERVIN OLSEN PHOTO - Contributed

Film stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson

YARMOUTH  - The set for The Lighthouse at Leif Erikson park at Cape Forchu is nearing completion and filming will soon begin.

C.C.G.S. Peddle passing The Lighthouse film set at Cape Forchu on March 23. ERVIN OLSEN PHOTO
C.C.G.S. Peddle passing The Lighthouse film set at Cape Forchu on March 23. ERVIN OLSEN PHOTO

Although marine traffic should be able to come and go unimpeded, curiosity seekers aboard private vessels are asked to stay away from Cape Forchu until the completion of filming, scheduled for April 27.

Fishing vessels enter Yarmouth harbour last week, sailing past the set of the film ‘The Lighthouse’ under construction at Cape Forchu.
Fishing vessels enter Yarmouth harbour last week, sailing past the set of the film ‘The Lighthouse’ under construction at Cape Forchu.

Location manager Shaun Clarke is hoping people comply for the sake of authenticity.

“Our intention is to cause as little disruption to marine traffic as possible, but the film is set ‘on a remote island, circa 1890’, so modern vessels in the frame will destroy the illusion,” he said. 

A patrol boat will be stationed off the coast to assist with keeping private vessels away, plus two zodiac safety boats. 

Marine co-ordinator Bill Flower will be in touch with the Canadian Coast Guard so that they are aware of the film company’s activities.

Willem Dafoe when he appeared in the 2011 drama/thriller film The Hunter.  Photo courtesy of Magnolia pictures official press kit
Willem Dafoe when he appeared in the 2011 drama/thriller film The Hunter. Photo courtesy of Magnolia pictures official press kit

The movie is about a Nova Scotia lighthouse keeper in the early 20th century, starring actors Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

Robert Pattinson - Wikimedia photo
Robert Pattinson - Wikimedia photo

A 60-foot-tall lighthouse has been built for the era of the film, along with several buildings. Interior scenes are being shot in a set built in a Yarmouth airport hangar.

Installing the weathervane on the lighthouse at the filming site for The Lighthouse at Cape Forchu. ERVIN OLSEN PHOTO
Installing the weathervane on the lighthouse at the filming site for The Lighthouse at Cape Forchu. ERVIN OLSEN PHOTO

Access by road to the Cape Forchu lighthouse will be closed until filming has been completed.

At the conclusion of filming, the movie company will restore the property to the same state it was in before they arrived.

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