Fae Pictures’ Queen Tut set for action in Toronto

Cameras will start rolling on the queer immigration tale, directed by Egyptian-Canadian Reem Morsi, in August.

Torontonians will soon see Fae Pictures’ Queen Tut roll cameras at multiple landmarks in the city.

Filming is set to take place at Nathan Phillips Square, The Village community on Church Street, the Danforth, and East Chinatown. Principal photography runs from Aug. 8 to Sept. 2.

The film is produced and financed by Fae Pictures in association with Crave and Toronto’s Hawkeye Pictures, with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates in partnership with the York University Motion Media Studio at Cinespace Studios, where it will also be shot.

Queen Tut is directed by Egyptian-Canadian Reem Morsi (virgins!), and is based on the script by Abdul Malik (Peace by Chocolate, Transplant), Kaveh Mohebbi (The Lake, The Communist’s Daughter), and Bryan Mark.

Producers are Shant Joshi (Framing Agnes) and Lindsay Blair Goeldner (I Like Movies) of Fae Pictures, and Aeschylus Poulos (Brother, Sleeping Giant) and Sonya Di Rienzo (Brother) of Hawkeye Pictures. Lauren Saarimaki (Only Light will Touch Us) serves as associate producer. SAG Award-nominee Alexandra Billings (Transparent) is the executive producer, who also stars in one of the titular roles alongside Ryan Ali (The Hummingbird Project).

Queen Tut follows an Egyptian teenager who begins a new friendship with a trans mother after immigrating to Toronto.

The film was selected for the Inside Out Film Finance Forum earlier this year. It was also chosen for other pitch forums, including the Canadian Creative Accelerator in Los Angeles, the Ontario Creates International Financing Forum, and the Whistler Power Pitch, according to a news release. Meanwhile, its worldwide rights for sales and distribution remain available.

Queen Tut marks the next step in the growth of the prodco, which aims “to decolonize Hollywood,” according to a news release. Recently, Fae Pictures had the world premiere of its documentary Framing Agnes at the Sundance Film Festival, which won two awards.

Image courtesy of Fae Pictures; pictured left is Ryan Ali; pictured right is Alexandra Billings