Production begins on Red Czarina’s H&G

The Winnipeg-based prodco is expected to wrap principal photography for its inaugural feature Sept. 2.

Principal photography for Red Czarina’s debut microbudget feature, H&G, started Saturday.

The film, starring newcomers Annika Irving and Breazy Diduck-Wilson, is a modern retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale Hansel and Gretel, in which a brother and sister who are lost in the woods find a dream home that is more dangerous than it seems.

“We only have a budget of $5000, but we have a surplus of talent with our all‐Winnipeg cast and crew,” said producer Ashley Hirt in a statement.

Rounding out the cast is Warren Ellis, announced Monday, Ashley Rebecca Moore, Tony Pourteous and Ferron Guerreiro.

The film is also being shot with a skeleton crew of six members.

Red Czarina co-founder Danishka Esterhazy will be helming the film, while fellow co-founders Rebecca Gibson, Rebecca Sandaluk and Hirt will produce.

Red Czarina opened its doors in May 2012, with the mandate to produced female-driven film, theatre and new media projects.

H&G is expected to wrap shooting Sept. 2.

Photo: Hansel and Gretel by British street artist Banksy, done originally in Oxford Street