Get back from me y’scurrilous scum! Get yer mangy paws off me.
– Taylor from The Curse of Maggie Boon by Kathryn Aylwin
In May 2014, CJ McGillivray was immersed in a raucous and fiendish pirate tale, The Curse of Maggie Boon. The short film was directed by Chelsea Goodman during the Off The Grid development series at Capilano University. The film featured everything from daggers and swinging fists to elaborate rapier choreography as directed by acclaimed fight director Mike Kovac. The ensemble was led by CJ McGillivray in the title role of Maggie Boon alongside Katherine Alpen as her adversary and Cory Beaulieu as her love interest.
The Curse of Maggie Boon premiered on September 23rd, 2014 at the Rio Theatre alongside an array of local talent and emerging filmmakers. The film was also featured during an Off The Grid screening and panel discussion on September 25th, 2014 at Capilano University. The following year, The Curse of Maggie Boon was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay at The Golden Panda North America International Short Film Festival.