Get back from me y’scurrilous scum! Get yer mangy paws off me.
– The Curse of Maggie Boon by Kathryn Aylwin
In the late spring, CJ McGillivray found herself immersed in a raucous and fiendish pirate tale. The Curse of Maggie Boon was directed by Chelsea Goodman during the Off The Grid development series at Capilano University. The film has everything from daggers and swinging fists to elaborate rapier choreography as directed by acclaimed fight director Mike Kovac. For CJ McGillivray the film marks her most physically demanding performance to date. She jumped at the challenge by taking on the title role of Maggie Boon and her frightfully endearing alter ego Taylor. Across the frame is Katherine Alpen as the darling but tainted Olivia and Cory Beaulieu in the role of the very handsome though somewhat useless Richard.
The script follows the ridiculous drama that ensues after a near fatal accident during a difficult stunt. Poor Taylor is out cold and concussed but emerges from the fall to find herself trapped in a strange and contemporary world. Getting her head bashed around has an unforeseen side effect where she feels displaced in the mind of a wild pirate captain. CJ had an incredible experience learning to wield a rapier, running around as a madwoman and finessing her pirate accent.
The Curse of Maggie Boon premiered on Tuesday, September 23rd at the Rio Theatre alongside an array of local talent and emerging filmmakers. A follow up screening happened at the Bosa Film Centre at Capilano University during the Off the Grid film screening and panel discussion on Thursday, September 25th and the film was later nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay at The Golden Panda North America International Short Film Festival.