“The Phantoms” New TV Movie Begins Production

TV flick will debut in November on the CBC network.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

A new television movie, "The Phantoms," about a high school basketball team who overcomes the odds and inspired many will be premiering on CBC and production is currently underway.

Inspired by the heart-warming real-life events surrounding the 2009 New Brunswick provincial championship victory of the Bathurst High School (BHS Phantoms) boys varsity basketball team, the story looks at the team a year after a terrible road accident that took the lives of seven players and the coach’s wife. In the following school year, as the tragedy hung over the community, the BHS Phantoms were reconstituted and the saw the players come together as a team – as their season progressed, they lifted community spirit and went on to win the coveted provincial basketball title for the first time in its team's history.

The cast includes cast includes Tyler Johnston ("The Killing," "Keep Your Head up Kid: The Don Cherry Story," "Less Than Kind"), Kyle Mac ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), Wesley McInnes ("Heartland"), Holly Deveaux ("Less Than Kind"), Joy Tanner ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), Wally MacKinnon ("Canada Russia ’72"), Greg Bryk ("History of Violence"), Tammy Isbell ("The L.A. Complex"), and Wendel Meldrum ("Less Than Kind").

Written by Gemini award-winning screenwriter Andrew Wreggitt ("Mayerthorpe," "The Don Cherry Story"),
"The Phantoms" is directed by acclaimed director Sudz Sutherland ("Guns," "Love Sex & Eating the Bones")
and produced by Timothy M. Hogan and Rick LeGuerrier ("Canada Russia ’72; Sticks & Stones").

"The Phantoms" debuts on CBC on November 18th at 8pm.

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