Big News From Grand Rock

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  87 min.
Release Date: February 27, 2015 - Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kanata, Toronto - February 27, 2015 - Toronto, Whitby, Kanata, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver

Current rating: Rating: 4.20
based on 10 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Ennis Esmer, Meredith MacNeill, Kristin Booth, Peter Keleghan, Tammy Isbell, Leah Pinsent, Art Hindle, Aaron Ashmore, Gordon Pinsent


Leonard Crane (Ennis Esmer) is the editor of the Grand Rock Weekly Ledger, a struggling paper facing bankruptcy in a small town where nothing newsworthy ever happens.

He searches relentlessly for a great story to bring back readers. He finally finds it, but not in the real world—he begins getting his stories from old movies he finds in a video rental store. The plan seems to be working as one made up story after another brings excitement and readers back to the paper.

The hoax inevitably unravels when big city reporter Lucy (Meredith MacNeill) heads to town to follow up on the crazy news that's coming out of Grand Rock. Just as she's about to expose Leonard, they stumble on evidence that one of his crazier stories may just turn out to be true.

Director: Daniel Perlmutter
Studio: Markham Street Films
Producer(s): Judy Holm, Michael McNamara
Screenplay: Daniel Perlmutter

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  • 5 stars "Loved the story , the acting and the setting. For a small budget movie I felt it was very well done and would recommend people to see it."
  • 1 star "We saw reviews by major newspapers raving about this movie. I don't know, maybe they saw the director's cut, but the version we saw was pathetic. We are fans of Gordon Pinsent, so based on the reviews and his participation we had high expectations. These were dashed. It was supposed to be funny, but not one person in the theatre laughed and for myself, I found I fell asleep through part of it dreaming about my admission price flying away. Maybe I slept through the funny parts. The plot had possibilities and even the acting was OK, but the overall we found it very disappointing and would not recommend it to anyone."