Motion picture rights optioned for ‘As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier’

Motion picture rights optioned for ‘As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier’

Cinegrafica Films of Quebec City has recently optioned the motion picture rights to As You Were – The Tragedy at Valcartier written by Gerry Fostaty and published by Goose Lane Editions in 2011.

The book tells the shocking story of the 1974 tragedy at CFB Valcartier that killed six cadets when a grenade exploded during a training session.

Six teenage boys died and fifty-four were injured in the explosion of a live grenade during a lecture on explosives safety. A live grenade had inadvertently made its way into a box of dud ammunition. One hundred and forty boys survived, each isolated in their trauma, yet expected to carry on with their lives. The young cadets were basically abandoned by their officers who told them not to talk about the event.

They were later interrogated aggressively by senior officers in a secret location in the hope of finding a scapegoat and to determine whether their parents would seek justice in the courts by suing the government. Their parents had to negotiate the cost of the funeral with government bureaucrats who refused to pay but a fraction of the cost of burying the dead boys. No psychological help was provided to help the cadets with the emotional burden of those terrible days and the senior commanders did their best to ignore this devastating incident.

The executive producer and director Nicholas Kinsey bought the rights in early September after reading Fostaty’s book. “I read it and thought, ‘ this is a damn good story’. It is a shocking story, not only the incident itself, but the way the victims were treated”, said Kinsey.

“The book makes it a very fresh story and the way it is written puts you right in the moment.” (Teresa Latchford, Metroland Media, Aurora, Ontario).

Script writing is expect to begin in January with shooting in the summer.

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